Absentee voting for 2020 election begins Monday in SC

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Voter registration and absentee ballot. (Photo: USAF / Trevor Gordnier)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Some of the first ballots of the 2020 election in South Carolina ware being cast.

Absentee voting began Monday with a number of counties also opening polling places where voters can cast an absentee ballot in person.

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Absentee voting is open to everyone after South Carolina lawmakers citing the COVID-19 pandemic removed the requirement that voters have an excuse to vote absentee such as being over 65 or being out of town on Election Day.

Election workers are also bracing for a number of absentee ballots by mail.