By JEFFREY COLLINS
COLUMBIA – If Tuesday’s primaries in South Carolina end up having typical turnout, about 1 in 6 ballots have already been cast during the state’s first early voting period.
Shortening lines at the polls could be especially helpful for officials on Election Day, when the temperature is expected to soar to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above across much of the state, with the humidity making it feel as hot as 112 degrees.
Doctors recommend people spend as little as 15 minutes outside at a time in that kind of heat; voters regularly wait outside in some polling places in the state. Balloting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Voter turnout in South Carolina in runoffs is typically between 15% and 25%. Experts expect fairly low turnout in this year’s primary without a highly competitive…