Cloudy skies and cool temperatures greeted South Carolinians as many lined up to vote before heading to work today.
Lines of people snaked out of several Lexington County polling places. At Cromer precinct, 60 people had voted by 7:30 a.m., and another 40 people were waiting for their chance. Next door at Oakwood precinct, the line wrapped halfway around the basketball court in the Oakwood Baptist Church gym, where 77 people had voted by 7:40 a.m. and about that many more were in line.
Election officials have predicted a heavier-than-normal turnout for a mid-term election. The early numbers at those two Lexington County precincts - both typically Republican strongholds - were higher than the last mid-term election and only slightly lower than the 2008 general election.
At Elgin Town Hall, early problems with voting machines forced election officials to resort to paper ballots, and they quickly ran out of paper ballots. Voter Chris Oder said the problems backed up voters, forcing him and others to leave for work before voting. He hoped to return in the afternoon.By Joey Holleman, The State