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Absentee voting underway in SC, early voting begins Thursday in NC

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Voters in South Carolina are already able to cast their ballots as absentee, while voters in North Carolina are preparing for the start of early voting Thursday.

Wednesday, a federal appeals court rejected a voter request for extended early voting times in five North Carolina counties, including Mecklenburg.

In York County, SC, the 2016 Presidential Election is already in the rear view mirror for almost 1,500 people who have voted absentee.

“I have a smile on my face because I’m getting this done, but I would have stood in the line,” said Timothy Weis, who voted Wednesday.

With election day less than three weeks away, the York County office of Voter Registration and Elections has issued more than 5,000 ballots in the mail.

Director Wanda Hemphill said the turnout has been "steady" at both the York and Rock Hill absentee precincts. Poll workers anticipate long lines November 8.

“We’re anticipating at least a 70 percent turnout. That’s generally what we do see,” Hemphill said.

In York County, the main absentee precinct is in York, but because most of the population is closer to Rock Hill and Fort Mill, a second satellite location has been set up at Rock Hill City Hall.

Nearly two dozen people voted during their lunch break Wednesday.

“It’s a historic election and I think the election lines are going to be really long. I wanted to make sure I pre-empted them, and I’m also working as a poll worker so I wanted to make sure that my vote was cast,” said Parker Quinlan.

Quinlan is voting absentee because he will be working the polls on Election Day. He is also a political science graduate student at Winthrop University. Quinlan said he’s had to follow the election closely for class and wonders if voter fatigue will be an issue at the polls this year.

“It’s just tiring. I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad my votes being cast and I can’t wait for November to show up,” Quinlan said.

South Carolina isn’t expected to be a battleground state like North Carolina. Some in the Palmetto State told WBTV they always vote, while others admitted this is one election they weren’t going to skip.

For more information about voting in York County, click here.

To learn more about early voting in North Carolina, click here.

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