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South Carolina State Elections Commission

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

FACTS for the State of South Carolina in the Presidential Election.

  • Voting Age Population of the State: 2,977,000
  • Total number of registered voters: 2,157,006
  • Percent Registered of Voting Age Population: 72.50%
  • TURNOUT (total vote cast for the highest office on the ballot): 1,386,331
  • Percent turnout of registered voters: 64.30%
  • Percent turnout of Voting Age Population of the state: 46.60%

The Voting Age Population includes all persons over the age of 18 -- including a significant number of people not eligible to vote in U.S. elections.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day

General elections are held every November statewide. Cities and Towns every May. Anyone registering by mail may be required to vote in person, with identification the first time after registering. A registrant by mail who cannot vote in person on election day may vote at the office of the appropriate registrar through the Saturday before an election.

Federal Election Commission (FEC), financial reports, Citizens Guide to contributions and the Law, U.S. voter turnout:

International Voter Turnout Listing, FEC, statistics courtesy of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).:

International Voter Turnout Figures, FEC:

Alienation Is NOT a Factor in Nonvoting:

Why Don't We Vote? responses to an essay contest sponsored by the Center for Voting and Democracy:

Voting Patterns:

DID YOU KNOW . . . ?


  • In 1829, Nicholas Coleman defeated Adam Beatty 2,520 to 2,519 in Kentucky's election for the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment
  • In 1882, Robert M. Mayo defeated George T. Garrison 10,505 to 10,504 in Virginia's election for U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1941, one vote saved the selective service system-only twelve weeks before Pearl Harbor
  • In 1980, one vote determined a position on the Sussex County Common Council, NJ
  • In 1981, Thomas Kean won the gubernatorial contest over James Florio in New Jersey by less than one vote for every third precinct (or 1677 votes) - after a recount.
  • In 1983, one vote determined the outcome for the High Bridge Common Council, NJ
  • In 1985, one vote determined the outcome for town council in Union Beach Borough, NJ.
  • In 1985, one vote determined the outcome for Englishtown Borough council, NJ.
  • In 1994, Republican Randall Luthi and Independent Larry Call tied for the seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives from the Jackson Hole area, with 1,941 votes each. A recount produced the same result. Mr. Luthi was finally declared the winner when, in a drawing before the State Canvassing Board, a PingPong ball bearing his name was pulled from the cowboy hat of Democratic Governor Mike Sullivan.
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  • In 1960, Richard Nixon lost the presidential election and John F. Kennedy won it by a margin of less than one vote per precinct
  • In 1968, Hubert Humphrey lost, and Richard Nixon the presidential election by a margin of fewer than three votes per precinct
  • In 1976, fourteen votes made the difference in a recount when two candidates tied in Delaware Township, NJ
  • In 1976, five votes determined a township committee seat in Union Township, NJ
  • In 1984, ten votes made the difference for one of the winners in Runnemede Council, NJ
  • In 1981, Thomas Kean won the New Jersey gubernatorial contest over James Florio by only 1677 votes, less than one vote for every third precinct
  • In 2000, the George Bush-Al Gore race in Florida made "too close to call" a familiar phrase.