Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) - Turnout was light across the state Tuesday as South Carolina voters cast their ballots in primary elections.
South Carolina State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says he's gotten reports from across the state of light to very light turnouts.
In Mount Pleasant, 21 voters cast their ballots. Poll manager Linda Ambrose said she hoped for 5 percent turnout.
Whitmire says he has gotten a report one voter did not find a certain candidate on his ballot, but the confusion arose because of redistricting and no irregularities occurred.
Voters are choosing Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, the State House, and local offices.
But Tuesday's voting comes after the South Carolina Supreme Court removed more than 200 candidates from consideration because of improper paperwork.
A flurry of legal actions tried to restore those candidates' names, and most of them failed.
Officials say more than 430,000 registered voters will have no one to vote for after the high court ruled that candidates who failed to file the paperwork properly weren't eligible for the election and wouldn't be counted.
Nearly 300 polling places in 14 counties won't even open Tuesday because there are no races to decide.
Polls that are in operation today are open until 7 p.m.
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