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Voting was steady at Burke High School for the 2018 South Carolina Primary Election Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Brad Nettles/Staff

Turnout in Tuesday's primaries hit at least 17 percent of registered voters, which was better than 4 years ago.

The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area had pushed to increase turnout above the 16 percent mark, which was the threshold achieved in the 2014 party primaries.

That meant 84 percent of eligible voters stayed home that year.

"Democracy can't function when citizens don't participate," the group said.

Turnout was 24 percent in 2010. 

South Carolina has more than 3 million registered voters.

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Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.