RICHLAND COUNTY ELECTION MESS

A voter’s voice: David Eddy

November 21, 2012 

Holding her cow, 'Moo Moo', five-year-old Olivia Leon waits in line with her mother to vote. The line of eager voters wraps up and down the hallways at Rosewood Elementary School, early Tuesday morning. Election Day in Richland County.

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  • 5 key unanswered questions: •  Who was responsible for planning and implementing the election process? What does that plan say? •  How many voting machines were at each of the county’s precincts? What was the machine allocation plan based on? •  Why did machines at precincts not work? How many didn’t work and where were they? •  How many emergency machines were deployed and where? Which precincts received emergency technicians’ help? •  How did two styles of paper absentee ballots get printed?

Richland County voters endured horrifically long lines to vote Nov. 6, mostly, it appears, because there were not enough machines at polling places. Many left the polls without voting.

The county’s legislative delegation is holding a hearing Monday to determine what went wrong. The public may attend but will not be allowed to speak.

Here’s a voice a frustrated voter on that very long day ...

David Eddy of Northeast Richland complained that he could not find a place to park at 8:30 a.m. at the Conder Elementary School precinct and was told there was a two-hour wait to vote. He decided to leave and come back. Three hours later, he said, he was told the wait would be three hours.

“This is outrageous,” Eddy said. “I feel disenfranchised by this mess. Heads should roll for preventing working people from voting.”

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