RICHLAND COUNTY ELECTION MESS

A voter’s voice: Hank Weed

November 26, 2012 

Sue Spillane and Jason Berry had waited an hour and a half to vote at Friarsgate Park Tuesday morning and they still were not inside the building. Problems with a voting machines there, left them with only two machines until one more was delivered. The wait for most of the early voters was over 3 hours.

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com Buy Photo

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 of a frustrated voter on that very long day ...

At 7 p.m., more than 80 people were still in line outside the Episcopal Church of St. Simon and St. Jude at the Riverwalk Precinct near Irmo. Roughly twice that many waited inside. Rows of parked cars lined Kennerly Road for about a half-mile in each direction.

Hank Weed was among those outside. He expected to be there for some time.

Weed said he received a text message around 6:30 p.m. from his wife, Jennifer, who got in line at 4:30 p.m. but had only made it through one of two buildings on her way to the voting booth before she had to leave.

He said poll workers had not said how long it might take to get the remaining voters though the line.

“I have no clue, but I’m going to wait,” he said.

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