A long ballot promises long lines at the polls Tuesday in Lexington County.
Political contests are few, but referendums abound.
The ballot will be twice its normal length – roughly nine pages – due to a requirement that a description of all 92 projects that a proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax could pay for must be included.
And confusion may arise over another measure opening the way to buy six-packs of beer and bottles of wine on Sunday. The measure doesn’t spell that out clearly, instead saying such purchases would be allowed “at permitted off-premises locations without regard to the days or hours of sales.”
In addition, this is the first election where voter identification standards are in use countywide.
There also are referendums on local matters in Cayce and Chapin, as well as a plan before Lexington 2 voters for $225 million in school improvements.
County officials are trying to minimize the wait by adding 200 poll workers, putting the ballot online and distributing printed versions.
But longer-than-usual waits are still likely at the 96 precincts as some voters arrive unprepared and undecided, officials say.
Delays have been common for absentee voting at county election headquarters, officials say.