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70 percent of voters expected for Tuesday's elections

Published on Monday, November 5, 2012

Election officials in Greenville County are expecting a turnout similar to the 2008 Presidential election when polls open early Tuesday morning.

“I think we’ll be looking at about 70 percent (of registered voters) who will vote,” said Greenville County Election Commissioner Conway Belangia. “I don’t think there will be much of a fall off.”

Polling places in Greenville and Spartanburg County are to open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In addition to votes for president, area electors will also be asked to vote on local leaders, including Greenville and Spartanburg county councilmen as well as Greenville County School Board of Trustees, though several of these races are officially unopposed.

U.S. District 4 House of Representatives Rep. Trey Gowdy (Rep.-SC) is receiving a challenge from Deb Morrow. State Rep. Rita Allison (Rep) is also being challenged by Jim McMillan, a petition candidate after his GOP filing was disallowed by the S.C. Elections commission, in House District 36. Dist. 12 State Sen. Lee Bright (Rep.) is also being challenged by Democrat Henri Thompson. 

Election officials said many voters have taken advantage of early voting opportunities.

After several weeks of mostly sunny weather with mild temperatures, weather forecasts for Election Day call for a 50-percent chance of rain with a high in the low 50s.

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