Late Afternoon Update On Election Process In South Carolina

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 17:06 By: scecwebadmin16

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s election process continues to proceed smoothly as the state experiences record voter turnout.

“The turnout has been very strong,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. “We do not have official numbers yet, but every county has reported a higher than normal turnout. As expected, we had some minor issues as we got systems up and running statewide this morning but, since mid-morning, everything has been operating smoothly.”

A few counties experienced some temporary delays in opening polls and individual voting machines, Andino said, and some voters briefly used paper ballots in order to keep the voting process moving forward.

“Given the broad range of new processes and procedures we began using with this election cycle, it has been a remarkably normal Election Day,” Andino said. “Our voting machines, including the new touch screen machines, have been working well and our 14,000 poll workers have done a great job managing the crowds and the inevitable questions about voter registration and ballots.”

The polls will remain open until 7 p.m. Any registered voter waiting in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be permitted to cast their ballot.

Due to the high voter turnout, Andino said, the Election Commission anticipates it will begin reporting official voting results sometime after 9 p.m. tonight.