Charleston County sees record high mail-in voting in June primary

VIDEO: Charleston County sees record high mail-in voting in June primary

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County had a record number of mail-in ballots for Tuesday’s primary election, surpassing the 2016 presidential election’s numbers.

In November 2016, there were around 17,000 ballots mailed in, but on Tuesday, there were around 21,000.

Officials said it’s not even comparable to past primaries. In June 2016, 20,000 people voted in total.

As for Tuesday’s election, in-person totals have not yet been fully tallied, but officials said it’s looking pretty high compared to four years ago, and some saw long lines because of it.

In West Ashley, some voters said they waited two hours to vote at the high school, others said it took about an hour.

On Tuesday morning, poll workers at West Ashley Middle School had to move the voting machines to another part of the building, causing a delay that officials said was sorted out quickly.

As for the rest of the county, there weren’t too many problems reported, officials said. They added that they are ready for November and watching the possibility of a second wave.

Berkeley County

In Berkeley County, the elections clerk at Hanahan High School said they have seen a steady flow of people.

They say more than 350 people voted in person and about the same amount voted absentee for this location.

They are expecting more people to come out to vote as people get off work, but so far there are no wait times at Hanahan High School.

Dorchester County

In Dorchester County, a county spokesman said some precincts in the county were reporting voter turnout between 20 and 23 percent, with some reporting as low as 10 percent, as of Tuesday afternoon.

At Fort Dorchester School this afternoon, there was a short line to vote and things have been moving smoothly.

At last check more than 5,000 absentee ballots have been turned in making it the largest by-mail turnout by far in a Dorchester County primary.

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