Absentee voting begins today in the November general election.

Absentee voting is open to all those who, depending on their individual circumstances, will not be able to visit their polling precinct on Election Day, according to Cynthia Holland, executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections.

Absentee voting may be completed in person up until 5 p.m. the day before the election or conducted by mail.

The general election is Nov. 6.

More than 330,000 absentee ballots were cast by South Carolina residents in the 2008 general election.

People who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote, those with physical disabilities or those who will be out of their county of residence on Election Day, among other reasons, may vote absentee.

Absentee votes will be accepted in person at the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office beginning today. People can also call the office to request an absentee ballot application be mailed to their residence or print out an application from www.scvotes.org.

If voting absentee in person at the Registration and Elections office, a person must have with them either their registration card, their driver's license or a state-issued photo ID.

Poll workers will be conducting absentee voting at several locations throughout Aiken County in the days leading up to Nov. 6. Poll workers will be at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta on Oct. 22, 24 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. for absentee voting. The library is located at 135 Edgefield Road.

For more information, call the Registration and Elections office at 642-2028. Its mailing address is 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC 29801. Its fax number is 642-2029.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

• Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day• Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them• Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day• Physically disabled persons• Persons 65 years of age or older• Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day• Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election• Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election• Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial• Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons• Certified poll watchers, poll managers and county election officials working on Election Day