Voters wait several hours in Richland Co.

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Voters are waiting as long as four hours in Richland County, as GOP and Democratic party leaders complain of broken machines amid an expected record turnout.

Party officials say waits are by far the worst on Tuesday in the county that is home to the state capital.

Wait times depend on the precinct, with some lines even in Richland County reportedly moving smoothly.

The leaders of both parties cite broken voting machines. State Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian also says machines aren't adequately distributed among the precincts.

GOP Chairman Chad Connelly blames a combination of poor planning and inefficiencies, with some workers processing voters faster than others.

Voter Tasha Martin says she waited four hours at Ridge View High School in northeast Columbia. Three of eight machines there didn't work.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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