On Tuesday I went into a Lexington County voting location and was appalled by the lack of a secure voting process. Voting required the completion of two “processes”: one to verify voter ID/eligibility and the other to use the voting booth.
Since the first process took almost no time and the complex ballot took significant time, the line to cast a vote soon became so long that it went out into the hall, adjacent to the folks coming into the polling area. Additionally, the verification station soon ran out of the blue cards used to identify the voters waiting to cast ballots.
I did not receive a blue card when I was verified. When I pointed out that this was not secure, my concerns were dismissed out of hand, and I was told to stand in line. I provided two simple solutions to the poll manager, and they too were dismissed. I asked for a supervisor and phone number.
When I contacted Lexington County Election Commission member John Carrigg, he immediately went out and resolved the deficiencies of that polling center. Well done to Lexington County.
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