Richland’s Election Mess: 5 key unanswered questions, Day 3

What voters have not been told about the colossal failure of their election process Nov. 6

November 19, 2012 

QUESTION: Why did machines at precincts not work? How many didn’t work and where were they?

Voters and precinct workers reported that many precincts on Election Day did not have the one machine per 250 registered voters as required by law.

So it made an even greater impact when machines started breaking down.

Dozens of the 729 voting machines placed in precincts quit working sometime during the day – or never worked at all. Many precincts had one or even two machines that were out of commission.

Why? Were they broken? Were their batteries not fully charged, as many precinict workers said? Had they not been maintained throughout the year to keep them in working order, since the batteries must be charged regularly?

Voters need to know whether Richland County election workers went into the election knowing they didn’t have enough machines.

And they need to know whether workers put in place machines they knew were not working or would not last through the day.

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