COVID-19 will make primary day different in South Carolina

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Voting booth (Photo: Lindsay D’Addato / WyoFile / CC BY 2.0)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Election day is going to be a little different in South Carolina because of COVID-19.

Officials say about 250 polling places for Tuesday’s primaries had to be moved because buildings were still closed amid the pandemic or their owners did not want to risk hosting large groups of voters in them.

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About 150 members of the South Carolina State Guard will help out in some polling places because of a lack of poll workers. And returns will likely take longer to count because workers will have to scan in more than 120,000 mailed-in absentee ballots.

Lawmakers allowed unrestricted absentee voting for the primaries because of the pandemic.

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