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Election officials say 2012 may be record-setting year in SC

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Local election offices are gearing up for a very busy couple of days - so busy that some state election officials are even saying this could be a record-setting year for voters.

As of Friday, more than 330,000 absentee ballots have been cast in South Carolina.

But within the state of South Carolina, it's a relatively quiet election year. There's only one statewide issue on the ballot and there aren't many competitive U.S. Senate or House races.

Greenville County election officials said they've received more than 20,000 absentee ballots since Friday. That's on par with the number of votes they received four years ago.

However, this year the election season started with hundreds of candidates getting thrown off primary ballots because of paperwork. Despite that controversy, officials aren't expecting much of a difference in turnout at the polls.

"I think that put a sour taste in a lot of people's mouths, but by and large it's not going to stop people from voting," said Greenville County Election Director Conway Belangia.

Belangia said it's likely just one box that will bring thousands in to vote.

"People want to vote for president, they show up to vote for president," Belangia said. "They see the ads and it either makes them mad or encourages them to vote, the kicker is it really does get people out to cast a ballot."

Absentee voters in South Carolina have until 5 p.m. on Monday to apply and cast their ballot in person.

Absentee applications had to be returned by mail no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and must be returned to the county election offices by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the South Carolina State Election Commission.

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