Goose Creek is one of the best places to live in the United States. Between city's history, its location, food, people, and climate, few places mix southern hospitality with laid-back vibes, quite like Goose Creek. As locals, we love calling The Holy City home, but living here comes with its challenges, especially if you are a home or business owner.
Due to the tropical-like weather and high humidity, surfaces like concrete and wood are often riddled with algae and mold, in addition to common grime and dirt. These natural occurrences can affect the beauty of your home or place of business, resulting in an unkempt, neglected look. That's where Palmetto Pressure Clean Goose Creek comes in - to restore your home or your business back to its original beauty and prevent unsightly growth and grime from re-occurring over time.
When it comes to pressure washing in Goose Creek, SC, we strive to provide our customers with industry-leading service, every time we are hired. While some pressure washing companies in Goose Creek are known for lazy workers and mediocre services, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We do so by prioritizing quick responses, extra-hard work, ongoing training, and excellent customer service. We stand behind our work - check out our reviews on Google!
We're the best choice to protect your home or business not only from mold and mildew but from bugs, bird's nests, spider webs, and potential damage caused by less experienced pressure washers in Goose Creek. Our customer's health, happiness, and satisfaction always come first. We are a licensed, insured pressure washing company in Goose Creek. When you hire our company, know that we will treat your home as if it were our own.
At the end of the day, our mission is simple: give our customers top-notch service and beautiful results while remaining friendly, approachable, and helpful. We specialize in two forms of pressure washing: residential and commercial. Keep reading to learn more about our pressure washer process and the benefits of each type of service.
Residential Pressure Washing in
Goose Creek, SC
When you own a home in the Lowcountry, its exterior is constantly exposed to the elements, resulting in mildew, dirt, and pollen. When not properly cleaned, the exterior surfaces of your home like brick, stucco, and vinyl suffer. With time, they can even break down. At Palmetto Pressure Clean Goose Creek, we use a specially-crafted cleaning solution and time-tested techniques to remove hazardous contaminants safely and effectively.
Unlike some pressure washers in Goose Creek, we use a no-to-low pressure washing strategy for residential properties. Also called "soft washing," this process includes washing and rinsing your windows, along with the exterior face of your gutters. High-pressure tactics are effective against mildew, but they run the risk of causing damage to your siding and windows. Our soft wash cleaner is specifically designed to remove mildew and algae gently, yet effectively from many porous surfaces. Our professional pressure washers also manually brush your gutters with a stain-removing agent to remove unsightly black streaks.
Our soft pressure washing process not only cleans your home but protects it from high-pressure techniques that damage your paint and siding. With soft washing, you won't have to worry about diminished curb appeal or reduced resale value of your home.
These techniques use gentle water pressure and at the same time, apply an environmentally friendly cleaning solution to remove contaminants. With this strategy, your plants and other landscaped areas won't suffer any damage, which is why many homeowners prefer going this route. Once the cleaning agent has removed mold, algae, etc., our team thoroughly rinses the exterior of your home. After rinsing, your home will be left with a squeaky-clean appearance that will make your neighbors jealous in the best way possible.
Our residential pressure washing services don't end with soft washing. Here is a quick glance at a few other commonly requested services from homeowners just like you:
High-pressure cleaning with hot water. Our high-pressure cleaning services are great for many different surfaces, like concrete, brick, and stone.
Gutter and roof debris removal with subsequent flush and removal of bagged debris from property.
Low-to-no pressure roof treatment to remove black staining and unsightly streaks resulting from algae, mold, and other contaminants.
Cleaning of wood decks, fences, docks, decks, and more.
Benefits of Residential Pressure Washing in Goose Creek, SC
Your home's exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time. After all, its job is to keep the elements out so that you can enjoy life inside your home. Natural conditions like wind, dirt, sun, UV rays, birds, bugs, and insects - not to mention things like smoke, acid rain, and car exhaust - are constantly beating on your home. With time, your home becomes discolored, soiled, and even damaged.
If you own a home in Goose Creek, pressure washing is the most efficient and effective way to keep your home's exterior clean while safeguarding your time, family, and investment.
A few of the most common benefits of pressure washing include:
Pressure Washing Prevents Damage
When moisture builds up in the summer and winter months, it can cause serious damage to your home's surfaces. Should you let grime or stains remain on your exterior surfaces for a long time, it can result in permanent damage. Contaminants like mold actually feed off of your paint and other finishes, essentially removing these accents from your home. Throw in hard-to-reach areas like cracks and crevices that are notorious for mildew growth, and there's a lot of potential damage waiting.
Fortunately, a professional pressure washer in Goose Creek, SC, can remove dirt, grime, mold, and other contaminants that can cause damage over time. This protects your investment and helps keep your family healthy.
Pressure Washing Primes Surfaces for Painting
If you have plans to resurface, refinish, or repaint exterior portions of your home, pressure cleaning is a great way to prep your work area. By removing all grime and dirt from your work surface, you can be sure that you're working on a smooth, clean area free of grit. Pressure wash first if you're planning on other projects like re-staining your deck or refinishing your in-ground pool. Doing so will help your outdoor surfaces hold their new finish easier.
Pressure Washing Protects Your Family
According to the ACAAI, some of the most common allergic triggers are mold, dust mites, pollen, and mildew. These contaminants can be harmful to your health. Having your home and its surfaces pressure washed at least once a year can be very beneficial for your family's health. This is especially true for people who are sensitive to allergens and mold. By removing contaminants and allergens from your home's surfaces, you can help prevent your family from getting sick. One of the best times to consider pressure washing your home is in springtime, when allergens are present. Our eco-friendly pressure washing solution will help remove and kill fungus, algae, mold, and even bacteria.
Commercial Pressure Washing in Goose Creek, SC
If you own a business with a storefront, you know how important first impressions can be. When customers walk up to your store and see it covered in mold, mildew, dirt, and grime, they may have second thoughts about buying your products. After all, if you can't take the time to make your business presentable for customers, why would you put any effort into the service or product that you're selling?
At Palmetto Pressure Clean Goose Creek, we work with business owners across Goose Creek who know the value of a professionally cleaned storefront. Some just don't have the time to pressure wash their business themselves. Others prefer to rely on our team of professional pressure washers to get the job done right the first time. Whatever your commercial pressure washing needs may be, we are here to help.
We offer our unmatched pressure washing services to a number of different businesses and organizations in Goose Creek, including:
- Business Storefronts
- Dumpster Pads
- Much More!
Call our office today at 843-593-6815 to learn more about our commercial pressure washing process, and to set up quarterly or monthly service to keep your storefront looking fresh and clean.
Benefits of Commercial Pressure Washing in Goose Creek, SC
When your commercial property takes a beating from the weather in Chucktown, the best way to achieve a clean, new look is with professional pressure washing. Our team uses high-pressure washing solutions for areas like parking lots, sidewalks, masonry, and concrete. We then use low-pressure washing techniques on your siding, windows, and other areas that need a gentler touch.
Additional benefits of commercial pressure washing include:
Commercial Pressure Washing Means Fewer Repairs
With time, dirt and grime will build up on your commercial structure's sides and roof. When you pressure wash regularly, you can prevent rot from taking hold in areas where fences, sidewalks, gutters, and other hard surfaces are common. In fact, our cleaning solutions can help prevent serious structural damage caused by mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants.
Commercial Pressure Washing Helps Curb Appeal
If you are a business owner with a storefront, you have probably spent hours of time and thousands of dollars updating your facade. But when you don't take proper care of your businesses' exterior, all that time and money go to waste. Doing so gives customers a great first impression before they walk into your store. Additionally, you will almost certainly get higher offers on your store if it has been pressure washed and cleaned prior to listing it for sale.
Commercial Pressure Washing Creates a Healthier Environment
Pressure washing makes any commercial building cleaner, making it a healthier environment for customers and employees. Customers just feel better and more at ease when they shop in a store that is well cared for. They are also more likely to spend more time in your business and become repeat customers. Not only will customers enjoy the benefits of a cleaner building, but so will your employees. They'll be healthier, happier, and won't have to worry about health concerns from mold, mildew, and fungus. Happy, healthy employees mean more satisfied customers, which ultimately benefits your bottom line.
Trust the Palmetto Pressure Clean Difference
At Palmetto Pressure Clean Goose Creek, we are passionate about delivering quality pressure cleaning services for residential and commercial needs. We are committed to excellence, meaning our carefully selected pressure washers pay extra attention to detail and quality in every task they perform. We truly value each job, no matter how large or small they may be. Unlike some of our competitors in Goose Creek, we want to build relationships with our clients. We strive to get to know every home and business owner that we have the privilege of serving. Whether we're pressure washing a historic home off Queen Street or a popular business off King Street, we always aim to exceed expectations.
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Latest News in Goose Creek, SC
Goose Creek woman left paying for faulty solar panels after company goes bankrupt
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – ‘Going green’ is not coming with the perks it promises for a Goose Creek woman.Tina Willis said she is paying thousands of extra dollars after her solar panels stopped working, and the company she bought them from went bankrupt.She’s also not the only one in this situation. The company, ‘Pink Energy,’ is at the center of over a thousand similar complaints, and is being investigated by the office of the North Carolina Attorney General.Many consumers, like Will...
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – ‘Going green’ is not coming with the perks it promises for a Goose Creek woman.
Tina Willis said she is paying thousands of extra dollars after her solar panels stopped working, and the company she bought them from went bankrupt.
She’s also not the only one in this situation. The company, ‘Pink Energy,’ is at the center of over a thousand similar complaints, and is being investigated by the office of the North Carolina Attorney General.
Many consumers, like Willis, say they are stuck with faulty solar panels and left to cover costly repairs.
Willis said she was first approached about solar panels in November 2020. A Pink Energy salesman came to her house in Goose Creek with an enticing offer.
“They could virtually eliminate my electric bill and give me a solar payment that was equivalent to that electric bill,” Willis said. “So in essence I would just be swapping an electric bill for a solar payment.”
Her monthly payment is roughly $254. Willis signed one contract with Pink Energy and another with their recommended loan company.
“I entered into a $71,000 loan basically on what that salesman told me and promised me,” she said.
For the first two months after the system was turned on, she saw what they promised.
“I got negative electricity bills, which was fantastic,” said Willis.
It was the months after that concerned her.
A yellow light came on notifying her the solar panel system wasn’t working correctly.
“They fix it — then I’ve been without full service for a month,” she said. “Three days later it goes out again, and this goes on for all of 2021.”
Willis got a letter from Pink Energy and Generac, the company that supplies parts for solar panels. They explained there was an issue with her equipment.
Once it was fixed, she was told they replaced the bad parts with new ones. But shortly after, Willis said the problems continued.
“After nine months of this I went online because I started having trouble getting through to Pink Energy — started getting busy signals all the time,” she said.
Pink Energy went bankrupt and closed in early October. The company’s website points to “rampant customer discontent resulting from faulty Generac solar equipment.”
Generac officials told News 2 that some customers are having issues with their solar panels due to Pink Energy installations, not bad equipment.
Pink Energy filed a lawsuit against Generac over the issues. However, Willis said she is still obligated to pay back the $71,000 loan.
“I have paid over $8,000 for electricity — my light bill plus my solar bill since I got the panels,” she said.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs said they are aware of the company, but they could not comment.
Carri Grube Lybarker, a consumer advocate, has a few recommendations when it comes to purchasing solar or using third-party lenders.
“You just want to make sure you’re doing your good due diligence and background work when you’re spending your good-earned money,” she said.
Grube Lybarker recommends that consumers reach out to the Department of Consumer Affairs so they can look into the matter.
Moving forward, Willis said she will get a copy before signing anything and use her own lender. She also plans to work with an attorney to see what else can be done.
The News 2 Investigators tried to reach out to Pink Energy, but were unable to get in contact.
The company Willis got her loan through would not answer questions from News 2. Instead, a company representative said they encourage customers impacted by the Pink Energy bankruptcy to contact them directly.
Live updates, latest scores from SC high school football playoff games
The high school football playoffs continue across South Carolina with games Friday night and Saturday. Here are the latest statewide scores, schedule and updates (down below) from The State’s Lou Bezjak.Class 5ALower StateFort Dorchester 46, Berkeley 0Class 4ALower StateWest Florence 42, Myrtle Beach 21South Florence 50, Bluffton 0Class 3AUpper StatePowdersville 42, Chester 12Class 2A Upper State...
The high school football playoffs continue across South Carolina with games Friday night and Saturday. Here are the latest statewide scores, schedule and updates (down below) from The State’s Lou Bezjak.
Fort Dorchester 46, Berkeley 0
West Florence 42, Myrtle Beach 21
South Florence 50, Bluffton 0
Powdersville 42, Chester 12
Abbeville 49, Newberry 7
Laurence Manning 28, Trinity Collegiate 27
Pee Dee Academy 42, Pinewood Prep 27
Holly Hill 72, Richard Winn 14
All games are 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Spartanburg at TL Hanna
Dorman at Dutch Fork, 8 p.m.
JL Mann at Gaffney
Catawba Ridge at North Augusta
South Pointe at Greenville
Indian Land at Westside
Woodruff at Daniel
Belton Honea Path at Clinton
Seneca at Chapman
Crestwood at Beaufort
Saluda vs. Gray Collegiate at Irmo High School, 8 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Southside Christian
Porter-Gaud at Hammond
Florence Christian at Wilson Hall
Bethesda Academy at Williamsburg Academy
Colleton Prep at Beaufort Academy
Faith Christian at WW King
Byrnes at Blythewood, 2 p.m.
Cane Bay at Sumter, 5 p.m.
Lexington at Summerville, 6 p.m.
Carolina Forest at Goose Creek, 6 p.m.
Greenwood at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Irmo at James Island, 6 p.m.
Hartsville at AC Flora, 6:30 p.m.
Lower Richland at Camden, 3 p.m.
Brookland-Cayce at Dillon, 5 p.m.
Manning at Gilbert, 6 p.m.
Keenan at Strom Thurmond, 6 p.m.
Fairfield Central at Silver Bluff, 6 p.m.
Andrews at Barnwell, 1 p.m.
Timberland at Andrew Jackson, 4 p.m.
Cheraw at Woodland, 6 p.m.
Wade Hampton (H) at Oceanside Collegiate, 8 p.m.
Calhoun County at Christ Church, 1 p.m.
Denmark-Olar at Lewisville, 2 p.m.
CA Johnson at Wagener-Salley, 6 p.m.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt at Johnsonville, 3 p.m.
Baptist Hill at Lamar, 6 p.m.
Carvers Bay at Estill, 6:30 p.m.
Lake View at Cross, 6:30 p.m.
SCISA Class A
St. John’s at Lee Academy, 6 p.m.
Calhoun at Thomas Heyward, 7 p.m.
Beaufort wins thriller, plus latest scores from SC high school football playoff games
Beaufort football team used a big second-half comeback to stay alive in the Class 3A playoffs.The Eagles rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Crestwood in the second round of the Class 3A Lower State playoffs. Beaufort will host Gilbert/Manning winner next week in the third round.Running back Kacy Fields rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns to lead Beaufort. Quarterback Samari Bonds rushed for 88 yards and a TD, and Colton Phares also had 55 yards and a score. Phares also picked off a pass on defense...
Beaufort football team used a big second-half comeback to stay alive in the Class 3A playoffs.
The Eagles rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Crestwood in the second round of the Class 3A Lower State playoffs. Beaufort will host Gilbert/Manning winner next week in the third round.
Running back Kacy Fields rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns to lead Beaufort. Quarterback Samari Bonds rushed for 88 yards and a TD, and Colton Phares also had 55 yards and a score. Phares also picked off a pass on defense
Beaufort trailed 28-10 with nine minutes left in the third quarter before scoring three times in an eight-minute span to take a 31-28 lead.
Fields, Caleb Ulmer and Bonds had TD runs during that span. Zach Talbert picked off a pass to set up Bonds’ go-ahead score.
Phares made it 38-28 on a TD run. But Crestwood got within 38-35 on a Javion Martin TD pass.
Fields scored on Beaufort’s next possession to make it 45-35 with 8:05 left. The Knights answered right back on Martin TD pass to Anthony Steele to cut the lead to 45-42 with 6:29 left.
The Knights stopped the Eagles on the next possession and got the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead. But Phares picked off a pass to end the threat.
Cole Davis threw three touchdown passes and Connor Nettles hit the go-ahead field goal to send Colleton Prep to the SCISA 2A championship game.
Colleton will play Williamsburg Academy for the championship at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Charleston Southern.
The score was tied 20-20 at halftime before Colleton took the lead when Nettles hit a 33-yard field goal with 2:50 left in the third quarter. Beaufort Academy came up with a pair of defensive stops and had a chance to tie it but missed a field goal as time expired.
Beaufort Academy’s Jaxen Porter had a TD rushing and caught one from Brayden Dineen. Devonte Green also had a TD run for BA.
Beaufort Academy finished the season at 8-3.
Spartanburg 39, TL Hanna 14
Dutch Fork 35, Dorman 18
Gaffney 42, JL Mann 7
Catawba Ridge 37, North Augusta 14
Greenville 24, South Pointe 20
Westside 39, Indian Land 35
Daniel 55, Woodruff 17
Clinton 28, Belton Honea Path 13
Chapman 57, Seneca 29
Beaufort 45, Crestwood 42
Saluda 23, Gray Collegiate 16
St. Joseph’s 29, Southside Christian 28 (OT)
Hammond 45, Porter-Gaud 0
Florence Christian 19, Wilson Hall 17
Williamsburg Academy 38, Bethesda Academy 8
Colleton Prep 23, Beaufort Academy 20
WW King 22, Faith Christian 18
Byrnes at Blythewood
Cane Bay at Sumter
Lexington at Summerville
Carolina Forest at Goose Creek
Greenwood at Northwestern
Irmo at James Island
Hartsville at AC Flora
Lower Richland at Camden
Brookland-Cayce at Dillon
Manning at Gilbert
Keenan at Strom Thurmond
Fairfield Central at Silver Bluff
Andrews at Barnwell
Timberland at Andrew Jackson
Cheraw at Woodland
Wade Hampton (H) at Oceanside Collegiate
Calhoun County at Christ Church
Denmark-Olar at Lewisville
CA Johnson at Wagener-Salley
Bamberg-Ehrhardt at Johnsonville
Baptist Hill at Lamar
Carvers Bay at Estill
Lake View at Cross,
SCISA Class A
St. John’s at Lee Academy
Calhoun at Thomas Heyward
Fort Dorchester 46, Berkeley 0
West Florence 42, Myrtle Beach 21
South Florence 50, Bluffton 0
Powdersville 49, Chester 12
Abbeville 49, Newberry 7
Laurence Manning 28, Trinity Collegiate 27
Pee Dee Academy 42, Pinewood Prep 27
Holly Hill 72, Richard Winn 14
James Island's Jamar McKoy voted SBLive South Carolina Coach of the Week, again
Congratulations to James Island head coach Jamar McKoy, the winner of SBLive South Carolina's Coach of Week award as voted by South Carolina high school sports fans.This is the second consecutive week that SBLive voters have honored Coach McKoy. He received 85.86% of the state-wide vote as James Island (10-1) beat York 32-14 for the program’s first playoff win in more than a decade.If you would like to nominate a coach, please email email@example.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivesc.Here's a ...
Congratulations to James Island head coach Jamar McKoy, the winner of SBLive South Carolina's Coach of Week award as voted by South Carolina high school sports fans.
This is the second consecutive week that SBLive voters have honored Coach McKoy. He received 85.86% of the state-wide vote as James Island (10-1) beat York 32-14 for the program’s first playoff win in more than a decade.
If you would like to nominate a coach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivesc.
Here's a look at the other great coaches who were nominated for this this week's honor:
Jason Winstead, Goose Creek
Goose Creek was limping along at 0-6 and going nowhere fast. That was then. Just look at the where they are now.
The Gators have won four in a row, including a 40-2 trouncing of West Ashley in the first round of the AAAAA playoffs.
Marc Morris, Carolina Forest
Carolina Forest got a tough draw with River Bluff in the first round of the playoffs and responded quite well with a 42-28 win. The Spartans are 8-4 after playing a brutal non-conference schedule and they’re winning at the right time.
Morris is a quarterback-whisperer, too, and he’s got a good one in Scott Saylor. The Spartans could be a tough out in the playoffs.
Russell Zehr, Cane Bay
Can you defend the run? If you can’t, you’re in trouble with Cane Bay. The Cobras just throttled Ashley Ridge 30-13. They're now 8-2 and in the second round of the AAAAA playoffs.
Scott Earley, Westside
The Rams are humming along at 9-2 after winning six games a year ago. They just beat Midland Valley 45-35 in the first round of the AAAA playoffs. Westside has won five consecutive games.
Reggie Shaw, Byrnes
Byrnes means state championships. The Rebels are again a force to be reckoned with after turning back Hillcrest 31-28 in the first round of the AAAAA playoffs. They can throw it and they can run it.
The Rebels endured a tough 25-22 loss to Dorman that cost them the region title. But they came right back with a win over Gaffney and then the playoff game.
Neil Minton, Florence Christian
Florence Christian surprised defending SCISA AAA champion Hilton Head Christian 43-36 in the playoffs. The Eagles are 6-6 but two of the losses were by one point each.
SC starts 12 days of early voting on Monday. What you need to know.
Two weeks of no-excuse-needed early voting kicks off Oct. 24 at more than 100 locations statewide, giving South Carolinians more options than ever for casting a ballot with hopefully little to no wait.It’s South Carolina’s first general election under a Statehouse law signed by Gov. Henry McMaster in May which directed each county to open up to seven early voting sites for 12 days through the Saturday before Election Day.All locations must open to voters from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all 46 counties from the coast to ...
Two weeks of no-excuse-needed early voting kicks off Oct. 24 at more than 100 locations statewide, giving South Carolinians more options than ever for casting a ballot with hopefully little to no wait.
It’s South Carolina’s first general election under a Statehouse law signed by Gov. Henry McMaster in May which directed each county to open up to seven early voting sites for 12 days through the Saturday before Election Day.
All locations must open to voters from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all 46 counties from the coast to the mountains.
The exception is Oct. 30, as the law forbids Sunday voting.
Early voters can choose whatever site is most convenient for them within the county where they’re registered, whether that’s close to home, work or shopping. They aren’t limited by their home address.
“Early voting is a big deal for South Carolina,” state Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said. “It gives a lot more access, more options for busy people to go vote. That’s the biggest benefit.”
It also should reduce stress on poll workers and give them more time to fix problems as they arise, which in turn also benefits voters, he said.
“Whatever line you’ve had before will be better,” Whitmire said.
The 111 early voting sites statewide represent a 35 percent increase from the total that opened before the June primaries, when election officers had less than three weeks to put the new rules into practice.
Nineteen of South Carolina’s rural counties are still offering a single location, usually at their main election office.
Some of the most-populous counties are providing several additional options. For example, Lexington went from one to five. Charleston County, which also offered a single site in June, is among three counties opening the maximum seven.
Greenville and Horry counties are the other two with seven.
Voting sites for every county can be found on the S.C. Election Commission website at scvotes.gov/voters/early-voting. By law, each county election office must also post local locations on its own website.
Voting absentee by mail is also underway. Those who qualify include people who are 65 and older, have physical disabilities, or work a job that doesn’t allow them to vote in person during the two-week early voting window. Applications must be in by Oct. 28. People returning a mailed ballot in person must show identification.
Charleston County, which has opened satellite offices since 2016 under prior law that required an excuse for voting early, has planned since January to open seven once the legislation passed. But when the final version didn’t allow for mobile sites as intended, the county reverted to one, but only for the primaries, said Isaac Cramer, director of the Charleston County Board of Elections.
Local sites for this election include four libraries and two churches spread out from Hollywood to Mount Pleasant, with the largest site being the North Charleston Convention Center. That was a popular spot for voters in November 2020, Cramer said.
Amid the pandemic, legislators passed a temporary law allowing no-excuse-needed in-person absentee voting for that election only. One problem was that access varied widely across the state. Even so, it marked the first time that more South Carolinians voted early than on Election Day.
Two years later under the new law requiring options with standardized hours, Charleston County has added sites on James Island, Johns Island and Hollywood.
“We wanted to expand to areas with population growth and rural areas so people across the county would have shorter distances to travel,” Cramer said.
The more than 150 additional workers hired specifically for early voting began weeklong training sessions Oct. 17. They’re prepared for busy, 12-hour days. They’ll stay on through Election Day at $15 an hour, which becomes $22.50 hourly for required overtime, he said.
In the Upstate, Greenville and Spartanburg counties each hired dozens of additional poll workers for early voting.
Staffing concerns are partly why Spartanburg went with three offerings for its first election with multiple sites, said its elections director, Adam Hammons.
Since turnout is generally lower for midterm elections than in presidential contests, “starting with three early voting centers that are fully staffed and ready for voters was our decision,” he said.
It’s among 10 counties opening three locations.
Others include nearby Pickens County, Dorchester County in the Lowcountry, and York County south of Charlotte, as well as rural Barnwell and Hampton counties along the Georgia line.
Georgetown and Beaufort counties are each operating four sites.
Georgetown officials didn’t see a reason to open the max, said elections director Aphra McCrea.
There was an obvious need for a location in the Waccamaw Neck, a peninsula east of the Waccamaw River that is where most voters live. The county office made sense as it’s already equipped to handle early voting. The other two were put in locations convenient for rural residents, McCrea said.
Lexington and Richland are the only counties offering five locations.
Richland County has had more shakeups at its long-troubled election agency in the last few months, to include the resignation of its director. But interim director Terry Graham, who also submitted a resignation letter before agreeing to stay through the elections, insisted the county is prepared for the election and early voting.
County officials considered expanding to six but decided it lacked sufficient workers and money for an additional site, he said.
“Money always is a deciding factor. If we could do more, we would do more,” he said. “We didn’t want to spread ourselves too thin by adding more people and more locations.”
Spencer Donovan contributed from Greenville. Leah Hincks contributed from Columbia. Mike Woodel contributed from Georgetown. Nicole Ziege contributed from Myrtle Beach.