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 ...
At Pontiac Elementary School, there were reports that some people became so frustrated with the wait that they left in frustration. Others stood in line outside in the early morning chill until parts of the school were opened to more people.
Voter Felicia Pention said she’d seen several people leave.
“This has been not good. I’ve been in line at least an hour and a half. I have thought about walking away, but I have not. I have seen plenty of others who have walked away. I said to them, ‘Come back.’ They said they would.”