South Carolina ’s U.S. Attorney said the federal government will be keeping an eye on the Nov. 2 election to make sure voting rights are protected.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said his office and the Federal Bureau Investigation will be prepared to respond to voting issues across the state. The most common issue, Nettles said, was poll watchers protesting voters and slowing down lines – sometimes intentionally.
Nettles said voters should call their local voter registration office first – the number will be available at the polling place – and those complaints will find their way to the appropriate authority. Voters always have the option of casting a challenge ballot, Nettles said, which commissioner decide at a later hearing if the vote should count.
“It’s actually a good way to keep the heat down in a polling place,” Nettles said. “Fill out a challenge ballot and move on.”