Final day of early voting in Horry County brings long lines, hours long wait

Many come out for final day of early voting in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - There were long lines on Monday people tried to take advantage of early voting just hours ahead of Election Day.

The chilly weather didn’t stop Horry County voters from coming out to vote absentee. The line at the South Strand Recreation Center reached all the way to the street.

This is how it’s been every day for the past week at absentee voting locations in Horry County during the final days of early in-person voting. Some people even brought out chairs to sit while they wait for hours.

Voter Elliott Cole said he was in line before the doors opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday and still waited about two-and-a-half hours. He believes the reason this year’s election is so important is because of the issues Americans face today, with the greatest one being the coronavirus.

“Some people are happy with the way the government has handled it," Cole said. "Some people are not happy with the way the government handles it and it’s all the way from your local government all the way to the national government.”

For Kedrin Smith, Monday was his first time in 20 years voting in an election.

He said back then he didn’t think his vote mattered, but said this year was a wake-up call.

“My thoughts changed and I decided, 'No, we the people make the difference in this country and it is time for all of us to come out, give it our best, vote for the best person we feel,’” Smith said.

So far, more than 95,000 thousand people have voted absentee in Horry County.

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