I arrived at my polling place at 8 a.m. Tuesday. I walked out 90 minutes later. There were 11 voting machines, all in working order but only two or three of the machines being used at any time.
The problem was a big choke-point: There were three laptops set up for the poll workers to input voter data, but only two were staffed, and only one of the workers appeared to be trained. The untrained poll worker was just sitting there until the trained worker told her which key to hit and how to look up the information to verify the voter. It took every voter 10 minutes to pass through this logjam.
So if you hear a Richland County elections official tell you how well the system worked, ask about the inept process, underused voting machines, the lack of staff and untrained poll workers at Riverwalk precinct in Irmo.
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