1,249,711 absentee ballots were cast in South Carolina’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 2,533,010 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 72.1%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 9 electoral votes with 55.11% of the popular vote. South Carolina has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1980.
South Carolina has a bicameral legislature with 46 senators and 124 representatives. The legislative sessions are held annually from January to May, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1994. South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster (R), is eligible for re-election in 2022.