COLUMBIA, S.C. Throughout South Carolina, voter turnout has been up and down.
Officials tell NewsChannel 36, officials across the state have reported varying degrees of turnout for Saturday.
Four hours before the polls closed on Saturday, the S.C. State Election Commission was encouraging voters who wanted to participate in the primary to head to their polling place before 7pm to make their votes count.
Anyone in line before 7pm will be allowed to cast a ballot.
The fact that the citizens of South Carolina are turning out to vote in what has been a stormy day in many parts of the state is a testament to their dedication to making their voices heard by casting their ballots, said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.
We appreciate the preparation, enthusiasm and dedication of voters who went to the polls and voted today, and encourage those who have not yet voted to do so by 7 p.m. today, he said.
Adding to some of the low vote turn out were power outages. NBC tells NewsChannel 36, two precincts in Fairfield County had power outages. The power has been restored in one of the precincts.
Additional paper ballots were sent to the precinct as a precaution. Voting machines were equipped with battery backup worked until the power was restored.
Unofficial results will be available Saturday night at www.scVOTES.org.
Results will be certified by the county election commissions on Thursday, January 26, and by the
State Election Commission on Friday, January 27.
Saturday afternoon, the State Election Commission sent a press release on the primary voter turnout around South Carolina. They noted reports were not available from all counties at the time of the release.
Anderson Steady, but not overwhelming
Charleston Heavy in some areas, light in others
Calhoun Steady and heavy in some places
Georgetown High turnout, particularly Litchfield precinct
Greenville Heavy in precincts where expected (traditionally heavy Republican precincts)
Kershaw Heavy at some precincts, particularly West Wateree, moderate to light elsewhere.
Laurens 10-15% by noon in some precincts, as low as 3% in others
Lexington Mostly light, but steady in some precincts
Greenwood Turnout decent
Lancaster Pretty good
Newberry Light in most parts; one precinct, Fairview, busy
Orangeburg Extremely low
Pickens Heavy in Brushy Creek and Powdersville precincts, steady elsewhere
Richland Medium to heavy in northern precincts; Springfield, Wildwood, Polo Road precincts heavy; steady to light elsewhere
Saluda Hollywood and Holly precinct heavy; other precincts low turnout
York Some precincts heavier than 2008, 18-20% at 1:30 p.m., others have been moderate