With the writing on the wall that 2008 would break records in election participation, voters across the nation came out in droves weeks before the big day to vote for their candidate. Other states allow voting early for any reason, but South Carolina has 17 pretty lenient excuses (like being out of town on Election Day) that provided voters the opportunity to get it over with in late October rather than the first Tuesday in November. By Nov. 4, nearly a third of Charleston’s voters had already voted. The interest has state legislators considering early voting without conditions.