Mislabeled cases snarl election’s start; most now fixed

by | November 6, 2018 11:51 am

Colleton County Voter Registration and Election Director Angela Upchurch realized something was wrong even before the polling places started opening.
She received a call from a polling precinct where the workers found the electronic voting machines were not working correctly.
One call became many.
Turns out, the seasonal workers who handled the packing of the containers that contained the Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) — the small rectangular boxes the precinct workers use to call up the ballot on the electronic voting machines — had mislabeled all the containers.
The Bells precinct had the PEDs from the Islandton precinct. Every one of the county’s 32 polling places had the wrong PEDs.
The early voters at Bells and every other precinct in the county began receiving paper ballots, while the roaming technicians and office staff fanned out in the county to get the proper PEDs to the right precincts.
Some early voters, faced with a backup of the lines, went on their way without casting a ballot. Others reported that the lighting in some of the precincts was not conducive to reading a paper ballot.
At 11 a.m., Upchurch said she believed that almost all of the precincts had their electronic voting machines back up and running.

comments » 6

  1. Comment by Patty

    November 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Turns out, the seasonal workers who handled the packing of the containers that contained the Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) — the small rectangular boxes the precinct workers use to call up the ballot on the electronic voting machines — had mislabeled all the containers…….. And this was an accident right?

  2. Comment by Adjoran

    November 6, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    So who hired & trained the seasonal workers. Fire the lot! We should have a Zero Tolerance for screw-ups in this office.

  3. Comment by Roy

    November 7, 2018 at 6:19 am

    This is absolutely inexcusable! How are we to determine if our vote was counted. I smell a rat…………..

  4. Comment by Young McWhirter

    November 7, 2018 at 8:35 am

    All we had were paper ballots when I managed the poll in the boro. The only way to hack those elections was to send the voter in with a premarked ballot and pay him to bring out an unmarked ballot. Only a few bad votes could occur and no devices could get lost or misplaced.

  5. Comment by Jackie

    November 7, 2018 at 8:40 am

    RIDICULOUS.

  6. Comment by Sandra

    November 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Why wasn’t the boxes verified by on of the office staff before sending out? That means that some people didn’t vote because they didn’t come back to the poll.


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