Early in the week, the state reached a 50 percent increase in absentee voting over 2008, the last presidential election year. Long lines were reported in the Lowcountry, Upstate and Midlands Saturday October 27, when special sites were opened for weekend traffic.
At Dreher High School in Columbia, some voters waited almost two hours.
A system glitch kept some absentee voters waiting for more than an hour in North Charleston Tuesday. The program stopped assigning absentee numbers.
Machines were taken offline all over the state Tuesday morning to correct the problem, extending wait times. In Greenville County, voters stood in line about 90 minutes to cast an absentee ballot.
The State Election Commission increased the maximum number of voters allowed in the system, while poll workers filled out information by hand. Similar issues were reported at absentee polling locations across the state, but according to the State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire, the problems were resolved within minutes.