MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The South Carolina Election Commission on Thursday certified the state’s 2022 general election results and said it ran smoothly, according to a news release.

More than 1.7 million voters cast ballots in the election, which is 51% of active registered voters, according to the election commission.

The election commission said 33% of those who voted took advantage of the state’s new early voting, while 3% voted absentee and 64% voted in person on Election Day.

“We were excited to see the early voting process in action for the first time in a general election,” Executive Director Howard Knapp said in a statement. “I want to recognize every county election official and poll manager for their hard work and dedication to the democratic process. I was happy to see the public’s focus was not centered around the election process but the results — the voters’ decisions on the candidates and issues.”

The election commission said the success of the election was due to the poll managers, election officials and voters.

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The election commission said it’s preparing for the next election cycle and encourages citizens to register to vote and update current registration.