Significant waits are likely at Lexington County polls Nov. 4 because of the lengthy outline of a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax package on the ballot, county election commission chairman Eugene Wilbur warned Thursday.
His prediction came after County Council put the plan on the ballot despite being asked by election officials to delay the referendum so the Legislature could fix the problem by allowing a summary instead of the complete plan with up to 93 projects that the new tax could finance.
“The lines will be long,” Wilbur predicted
It probably will take the typical voter 10 minutes – double the usual time – to wade through what could be as much as 20 pages of candidates and proposals, he said.
That in turn will slow down the tally after polls close, he added.
The delays expected could increase if council members proceed with a second referendum to allow sale of beer and wine by the package on Sundays, he said.