TALES FROM A DAY OF DECISION
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3:22 p.m. – Update from Greenwood, S.C.
Here’s a write-in vote we like …
Sic sez: Nice! We backed him in the GOP primary …
3:15 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Here’s a picture of the line at the Meadowfield precinct in downtown Columbia …
3:09 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Need a drink? Not so fast …
2:31 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
“Woodlands was supposed to have nine machines. People are talking with others about the wait time and some voters are saying ‘screw that’ and planning on not voting.”
Sic sez: Pathetic … but given the choices, not surprising.
2:28 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Source tells FITS that Meadowfield precinct (see 10:40 a.m. update below) is still having problems. “Hundreds still in line,” we’re told.
2:25 p.m. – Update from Spartanburg, S.C.
Problems in Spartanburg County … poll workers calling people back to vote again after machines malfunctioned?
Sic sez: Mulligans all around!
2:03 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
“Harbison 2 – Richland County: Got there at 9:05 am. Met with some heavy handed tactics by a supporter of the penny tax hike. Waited 2 hours and 45 mins. before I could vote. Out of the four machines in that precinct, only three were working when we got there and a second one broke before we left.”
Sic sez: “Heavy handed tactics?” Do tell …
1:50 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Sources tell FITS that there is a three hour wait at the Woodlands precinct (behind the Veterans hospital in downtown Columbia, S.C.) …
Sic sez: We’re noticing a trend … lots of Richland County issues.
1:31 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
“Morning voting at Reformation Lutheran Church (Ward 3 – Richland County) was about 10 mins shy of a Jerry Springer show. Polls workers clueless as how to direct people into correct line, divided up by alphabet, then continued to pull from one side only to the machines while the other line waited and waited. People began to ask questions, then complain, then yell and so forth. One side people waited for 2 hours, the other 45 minutes. After 2 hours and 18 minutes in line, my vote was cast. Less than 300 votes cast by the time I left at 11:30am. The place was still full of angry M-Z voters, I can only imagine how nasty it will get later…..On the plus side, it was quite comical to learn more about your neighbors while revolting against the idiotic poll workers.”
Sic sez: Sheesh … seems like clusterfuck!
1:10 p.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Official word from S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) executive director Marci Andino: “Most counties reporting heavy turnout.” Andino adds that there are “long lines at precincts in Richland County.”
12:38 p.m. – Update from (undisclosed location) South Carolina
“The lines are 3 to 4 hours , the voting machines aren’t working someone needs to be fired.”
Sic sez: Vote early, vote often … if you can.
12:35 p.m. – Update from Pennsylvania (again we know … not in South Carolina)
Gotta love this subtle suggestion …
Sic sez: Wonder how a mural of Nikki Haley would go over …
12:14 p.m. – Update from (undisclosed location) South Carolina
“Am currently in line to vote and Democratic pollwatchers are writing the names of voters, talking with voters, and letting their pads with names be seen by voters. Is that allowed?”
Sic sez: That doesn’t sound right at all … is there any more info you can provide us?
11:58 a.m. – Update from Spartanburg, S.C.
“Saw a Gayle Holt (S.C. House petition candidate) supporter and a Mike Forrester (incumbent S.C. House member) supporter calling each other out at the entrance to a polling place this morning. One was taking pictures of the other promising that they were in violation. It was good entertainement for the long wait.”
Sic sez: Nothing like politicos getting their panties in a wad over proximity issues …
11:48 a.m. – Update from Ohio (we know … not in South Carolina).
David Weigal over at Slate is doing Election Day dispatches and his first one is a doozy … showing that early voting totals from Democratic-leaning counties in Ohio are off of their 2008 pace by 4.1 percent, while Republican-leaning counties are showing a 14.4 percent increase. Obviously Democrats will retain their sizable early voting lead, but these numbers could make it easier for Mitt Romney to cut into that advantage.
11:39 a.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
Ward 14 – another downtown Columbia, S.C. precinct – has “six voting machines” but only two are working, resulting in a “three hour + line,” according to new media maven Ashley F. Miller.
Sic sez: What’s the point of having these voter machines if they don’t work?
11:08 a.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
2 hour line at Pennington Precinct (Asbury Methodist off of Leesburg road). Two (2) poll workers (one checking folks in and one helping with the machines).
And (Democratic House candidate) Joe McCulloch working the lines.
Sic sez: If Joe McCulloch shook your hand you might want to sanitize it. No … seriously.
11:01 a.m. – Update from Mount Pleasant, S.C.
“Pretty sure I just saw a woman present a non-S.C. Drivers’ License – advise that she hasn’t received a S.C. Voter Registration card – and be allowed to vote at National Guard Armory in Mount Pleasant.”
Sic sez: Nice!
10:40 a.m. – Update from Columbia, S.C.
A precinct of more than 1,700 voters in South Carolina’s capital city has just one working voting machine – resulting in a wait of more than three hours for those hoping to cast their ballots. And that’s “if you got there early” one frustrated voter tells FITS.
This lengthy wait was reported at Meadowfield Elementary School – a downtown Columbia, S.C. precinct in the which has historically voted “Republican.”