South Carolina is reporting an increase in absentee voting
The Greenville News said Thursday that the number of absentee voters has 15 to 20 percent higher than it was in 2012 this close to the election, according to the State Election Commission.
Over 193,000 absentee voting ballots have been requested and 140,170 have been distributed. Over 48,000 have already been returned with just over two weeks before the election.
The majority of the ballots are sent by mail, which is more than double the ballots that were done in-person at election offices.
South Carolina does not have early voting, like some other states. To vote absentee in South Carolina, a voter must meet certain conditions like having to work on Election Day, being 65 or older, or have another issue that would keep them from the polls. In recent years, casting an absentee ballot has become an increasingly convenient option for many voters.
An election commission spokesman said the current pace of absentee voting could indicate a statewide record for the presidential election if it continues.