Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Absentee voting continues across the state as we're just 13 days away from the general election.
South Carolina doesn’t have early voting other than casting an absentee ballot and it seems a lot of people are doing just that.
"I just couldn't wait to get here,” says Sarah Davis as she walked out of the Lexington County Election Commission office.
She along with dozens of people got a chance to cast their vote ahead of the lunch crowd.
The director of the election commission says they are seeing record numbers of absentee voters.
"We're a little over 18,000 and going strong,” says Dean Crepes. “Voting about 1,500-1,600 a day so moving along pretty quick."
Crepes says it takes an average of 15-20 minutes to get through the polls.
"If it gets above 30 minutes, then I start saying we have to do something else,” says Crepes. “I’ll open up another machine and start qualifying people faster, but I want to keep the line as low as I possibly can."
To vote absentee, you must meet one of 16 requirements, which you can find here.
Just as they are prepared for absentee voters, the election commission is also prepared for the big crowd on Election Day.
"We got the machines in the next room ready to go,” says Crepes. “We have our staff together for election day, getting our poll workers together."
As for those voting absentee, they are happy to exercise their right early.
"I don't want to wait in those long lines,” says Mary Eaton.
“Getting up in our age and stuff and standing in lines, we couldn't do it on the regular," says Jack and Pat O’Donnell.
If you qualify to vote absentee, you can do so in person up until the day before the election.
For people who are voting absentee by mail, you must have your ballot sent to your precinct by November 4th.