COLUMBIA, SC (October 28, 2020) – More than one million South Carolinians have already cast their ballots in the 2020 General Election, doubling the record for absentee voting set in the 2016 General Election. Based on current trends, 1.3 million voters could vote before election day, which could be approximately half of the total turnout in the election.
The highest turnout in a presidential election in the past 25 years was 76% in 2008. If the 2020 General Election matches that turnout, approximately 2.7 million of the 3.5 million registered voters in South Carolina will vote.
2020 General Election Absentee Statistics as of 12:00 p.m., October 28
Total Issued: 1,105,000,000 (Record - 517,000 - 2016 GE)
Total Returned: 1,013,000 (Record - 503,000 - 2016 GE)
In Person Issued/Returned: 642,000 (Record - 370,000 - 2016 GE)
By Mail Issued: 464,000 (Record - 147,000 - 2016 GE)