POLITICS: More than 1,100 Richland absentee votes not counted

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on November 22, 2013 

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— A state election audit revealed Thursday that Richland County officials failed to count 1,114 absentee ballots when finalizing results of the Nov. 5 city and county elections.

Howard Jackson, county election director, said the electronic ballots came from a single voting machine used by absentee voters at the election office.

This was the first countywide election since Richland County’s botched 2012 general election, considered one of the worst in state history. At that time, precincts across the county did not have enough voting machines, leaving some voters in line for up to seven hours, and hundreds of ballots turned up uncounted days later.

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