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The presidential race is spurring non-voters to register to cast a ballot for the first time.
Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said since Aug. 18, 1,432 people have registered to vote. Some of those are likely new residents to the county, but others are people, including teenagers, who have never registered before.
"We've got applications stacked everywhere," Stump said Tuesday, describing her office.
According to the Palmetto Project, 14 years ago, South Carolina ranked 50th among the states in the percentage of citizens 18 and older who voted. By 1998, the state's ranking improved to 27th.
In this year's presidential primaries, more than 30 percent of the state's eligible voters cast ballots.
South Carolina ranked 16th in voter participation among the 36 states that held both Republican and Democratic primaries.
"Every four years, there is a spike' in registrations that coincide with the presidential elections, Stump said.
But this year, the number of applicants seems larger than usual.
The presidential race is expected to bring voters to the polls.
Stump said the state Election Commission is predicting a 70 percent voter turnout. The county Voter Registration office has already received 700 mail-in absentee votes.
Voters will be able to come to the Voter Registration office starting next week to cast absentee ballots.
Register by Saturday
Saturday is the final day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election.
The Voter Registration office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to register new voters. The office is at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.
To register, bring your driver's license or identification card with your up-to-date Lancaster County address on it, or a utility bill from where you live, and a Social Security card.
Those who registered to vote at a neighborhood drive or other location outside the local Voter Registration office will need to bring a photo ID, utility bill or paycheck stub to confirm their address.
Valid photo identification is issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
High school picture IDs are not considered valid for voting.
For details about voter registration or absentee voting, call 285-2969.
Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151