Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election, and Lowcountry election offices will open that morning to serve those trying to beat the deadline.

Those eligible to register either can drop by those offices or download a mail-in application from www.scvotes.org.

All applications being sent in by mail must be postmarked by Saturday or dropped off at the proper election office by that date. Anyone faxing or e-mailing in their forms also must do so by Saturday.

Voters who have moved also are asked to update their address, which can be done either in person at their county election office or online at www.scvotes.org.

Wanda Farley, director of Berkeley County Elections and Voter Registration, said voters who update their information if it has changed "sure make Election Day a lot easier on us all."

About 72 percent of the state's eligible voters already have signed up.

Meanwhile, Charleston County began mailing out absentee ballots Thursday, though other ballots already have been sent to military and other voters living overseas.

Marilyn Bowers, director of Charleston County's Board of Elections and Voter Registration, said the county has received about 2,200 absentee ballot requests, about average for a month before Election Day, she said.

Local election offices will open Saturday morning to handle last-minute voter registration requests. Here are the details:

Berkeley County: 9 a.m. to noon at 6 Belt Drive in Moncks Corner. 719-4056.

Charleston County: 9 a.m. to noon at 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston. 974-6421 or 744-8683.

Dorchester County: 9 a.m. to noon at Dorchester County Council chambers, 500 N. Main St. in Summerville, and at 201 Johnston St. in St. George. 832-0071 or 563-0132.