Voters registered minutes before Saturday's deadline

Voters registered minutes before Saturday's deadline

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Saturday was the final day to register to vote in November's election.

"It's very important that you do it," Margaret Ann Brown, who registered to vote five minutes before the noon deadline said.

Brown said the act of voting matters more than who she votes for.

"I have to set a prime example for my children and my children's children," Brown said.

Right after she registered, she decided to vote at the election headquarters, too.

"I decided to get that out of the way just in case I'm not physically or mentally fit at the time, so it's already in," Brown said.

In the 2012, voter turnout was around 68 percent in the state, but that was a presidential election. In the last non-presidential election, like the one this year, voter turnout was around 50 percent. Election officials say they hope the number of positions up for grabs this year brings more people out to the polls.

"Our local elections bleed into our state elections bleed into our national elections and I think all elections are important," Mary Ann Taylor, a Charleston County election board member said. "Ultimately as a retired teacher, I'd like 100 percent but that is pretty much unrealistic."

Besides registering to vote, Taylor says people forget to fill out a change of address form.

There's no deadline to do it, but if you move and don't fill out the form, you'll be turned away at the precinct or have to fill one out there.

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