Absentee ballots flood election office with over 3,000 ballots cast
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 7, 2018 at 10:44 am
“It was astronomical,” Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Director Angela Upchurch said, when asked about the absentee vote in the General Election.
Upchurch said that the South Carolina Election Commission figures showed that Colleton County had over 3,330 requests for absentee ballots.
When Tuesday’s votes were cast, Colleton County had amassed a total of 3,135 absentee ballots.
By comparison, Colleton County had approximately 1,800 absentee ballots cast in 2014, the last non-presidential General Election.
Between fielding phone calls Tuesday morning, Upchurch said that she expected that number to increase after she found time to go to the post office and collect any absentee ballots that showed up in the mail.
Upchurch said the office saw a last minute surge in absentee voting at the election office. On Friday Nov. 2, 300 voters came to the office to cast an absentee ballot. The office was open for a few hours on Saturday Nov. 3 for absentee voters — 100 showed up.
Monday was the last day to vote absentee, and Upchurch said 500 voters came through the door.