Problems at polling locations across the tri-county area

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – What kind of voting issues were people experiencing today? Thankfully, nothing too major. News 2’s Raymond Owens went through the tri-county area to find out about possible problems.

The folks at Mitchell Elementary say they dealt with something for the first time today. Three of their five machines all malfunctioned early in the day.

One viewer tells us lines were longer than 2-hours at times. They were able to replace those machines.

At Fort Dorchester High School, the man at the front of the line just before noon said he had been in line for an hour and a half.

Poll workers there say they had an outlet short-circuit, which fried one voting machine. They put a replacement machine in its place to keep voter traffic steady.

Finally, in Berkeley County at the Westview 1 and 4 precincts at Crowfield Baptist, there was an issue with a machine there not allowing write in votes.

Officials said by early this afternoon only 3 people voted a write in, and only 2 of those could not write the name in. Those two voters were given provisional ballots. Lines were fairly long and steady here as well.

So, the main impact of these rather minor issues — it’s just a little longer wait in lines as you exercise your right to vote.

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