Decision 2020: Many choose to vote absentee for the primary due to COVID-19

Decision 2020: Many choose to vote absentee for the primary due to COVID-19

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – Voters across the Grand Strand, the Pee Dee and across South Carolina casted their ballots in a number of primary races to determine who will face off in November’s general election.

At Burgess Elementary School in Horry County, turnout has been steady throughout the day Tuesday, but poll workers said the turnout seemed lower than previous years. Around 300 people voted at the precinct. There were also little to no wait lines.

This could be because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year many people chose to vote absentee instead of in-person due to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, some people decided to cast their ballots in person instead.

"I just think it’s fair that way and I don’t really like absentee voting. I think there’s too many mistakes going on,” voter Nancy Moffitt said.

Each polling site had COVID-19 safety measures in place, such as markings on the ground so people can stand six feet apart, as well as a sneeze guard between voters and poll workers. Voters also used Q-tips instead of their fingers to make selections.

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