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Major Problems with Voting in the South Carolina Primary

With regards to the major problems they had with voting in South Carolina, here is a good post from Curt at Flopping Aces which documents some of it:

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And in Horry County they have reported 80% of the voting machines are malfunctioning. They’ve moved into paper polls now.

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A few voters were surprised to find their polling places closed. Election officials changed the locations of eight polling places in Richland County; two in Lexington County were combined, too. [ … ]

Elsewhere in the sate, a computer programming error caused several electronic voting machines to not work when the polls opened at 7 a.m. today for the Republican primary, according to Sandy Martin, Horry County’s Voters Registration and Election director.

“We’re working on getting it all worked out,” Martin said at 9:15 a.m. “Most of them are up and running now. There are a few scattered precincts we haven’t got to yet.”

Martin said voters used paper ballots to cast their votes in places at precincts where electronic machines malfunctioned.

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“We have received reports from Horry County that voters are being turned away from the polls, because electronic voting machines are not working and paper ballots are not available. Some voters say they are being instructed to return at a later time. We are disturbed by these reports and hope that this issue is resolved immediately. We encourage any voters who were turned away from the polls to return again to their polling place this afternoon to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

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A lawyer for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign tells CNN he is seeking a court order to extend voting in Horry County by one hour, after learning voting machines in this eastern part of the state were malfunctioning on primary day.

State Rep. Tracey Edge, R-Myrtle Beach, said the campaign was trying to find a circuit court judge to issue the ruling.

“We are seeking an order to extend the voting time, because of reported and publicized information that people were turned away from the polls,” Edge said.

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What an utter mess, huh? Yet, this is how we determine “electability” and “momentum”. Brilliant.

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January 20, 2008 , 4:39PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election

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