Big turnout expected this general election day

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Election day in Horry County has started with long lines at many different polling locations. Poll workers are expecting a big turnout all day at the polls this 2012 general election.

"They get very busy," said Jerry Peirone, who has been a poll worker for more than ten years. "People get very much involved in the presidential election which is great, and I hope the turn out is great."

South Carolina has already seen record breaking numbers for absentee voting across the state, and many believe it will indicate just how busy today will be.

The latest absentee voting numbers show the numbers beat last general election's by more than 30,000 votes. In Horry County the absentee numbers increased too, as we saw one thousand more votes than last year.

But for those who plan on voting today, there will be some rain on your parade. The Grand Strand and Pee Dee are expecting a cold and rainy weather for most of the day.

Historically, experts say bad weather on election day is proven to lower the amount of voters who show up at the polls. But some local voters say it shouldn't have too big of an effect.

"It will only affect the people who don't have a strong preference one way or the other. Most people are going to be out there. Believe me," said voter Keith Brown.

"This will be the biggest turn out ever I'm sure," exclaimed voter Richard Gatica. "Both sides."

Regardless of the rain, poll workers say voters should come at the right times so they're not waiting in long lines. The biggest times for crowds are right before 9 a.m., around lunch time, and right after 5 p.m.

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