Oops! 150 Ballots “Found”

COUNTY SAYS S.C. LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION FORGOT THEM We honestly don’t know where to start with Richland County, S.C. anymore … According to the latest report from the Associated Press (editor’s note: take it with a grain of salt), election officials with the embattled county government have “found” 150 ballots…


We honestly don’t know where to start with Richland County, S.C. anymore …

According to the latest report from the Associated Press (editor’s note: take it with a grain of salt), election officials with the embattled county government have “found” 150 ballots that were not included in their initial “official count” released earlier this week.

The county’s excuse for the oversight? That the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) must have left the ballots behind while its agents were safeguarding them (per order of the S.C. Supreme Court).

That explanation drew a swift rebuke from one political insider.

“SLED doesn’t leave shit behind,” the source told FITS.

True …

While the number of ballots was too small to potentially swing the outcome of any Richland County race, the discovery of the leftover ballots fueled concerns regarding the integrity of the county’s electoral processes.

Of course the real story here isn’t incompetence … it’s something far more sinister. And far more costly.

UPDATE:  Sources on the ground at the Richland County Election Commission tell FITS that another 43 ballots were just found. 

“They are literally running around the building right now trying to make sure there aren’t anymore,” one source says.

UPDATE II:  They found another one.  That brings the current total to 194 new ballots “found” since the first initial count was completed.


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say what?!? November 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Lillian McBride, earing her 85,000 per year or doing whatever Darrel Jackson tells her to do.

say what?!? November 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

earning. I spell as good as McBride counts.

Johnson November 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

With Jackson doing what Queen Jean tells him to do.

jimlewis,owb November 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

“leftover ballots fueled concerns regarding the integrity of the county’s electoral processes.”

That is funny. Seriously, you must have been fucking stoned when you decided to use the word “integrity” in any article concerning Richland County Cockroaches.

Tell you what. Why don’t you encourage SLED to pop the trunk on McBride’s County issued Cadillac.

Once you clear out the 14 cases of fucking Ho Ho’s you will probably find several thousand more “oops” ballots.

Integrity my lily white prune ass.

Where have you gone J P Strom? November 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

You believe SLED???


Those incompetent clowns would leave their weenies behind if it wasn’t attached to their bodies!

InsideOutside November 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

So, SLED is a cabinet office of the Governor, if I’m correct?

So, it’s political, in nature and definition.

It carts off ballots to protect them…and leaves 150.

So how many more made it out of the SLED headquarters and into Lake Murray?

Here’s an easy fix: What were the total number of ballots cast both up and down ticket for that race in the corresponding precincts and wards? If 5000 folks voted for president, 5100 for dog catcher, and then a shitton more or less for other races, Houston, we have a problem.

Johnson November 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

At least it wasn’t a dead body they missed like the City of Columbia of Police did….

BigT November 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

This just in: Al-Gore endorses SLED as a top notch vote-counting agency….

pluffmudder November 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

The only solution to Richland County is Lexington County! Other than moving, all else is a waste of time.

BradWarthenSucks November 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Just more of Richland County business as usual. I mean they have a fire chief who retired, came back and reapplied for his job and got it back. So now he’ll draw retirement and a paycheck. Just when I don’t believe citizens and administrators in Richland County can do any dumber they go out and prove me wrong. All I can say, is you poor people get what you keep electing.

Jan November 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Please, please, please stop worrying. Everything is fine. You can trust the vote. We passed a Voter ID law.

Bonhoeffer November 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Now that’s funny!

Queen Jean November 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Subject Jan: Only I am allowed to say things like this.

Subjects: Please, please, please stop worrying. I am in charge.

BigT November 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

65 percent of Richland Co. voted for Obama and Joe Biden…


Bonhoeffer November 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

But only thirty-five per cent voted for Sanford and Haley.

Recovering Lobbyist November 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

How many ballots do they need to swing a race? Figure out which race they want to rig and you will know the number of ballots that will be “found.”

Sunny and Share November 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

When responsible citizens surrender their government to incompetent political cronies, this is what happens.

Miz Lillian McBribe.

Steve Benjammin’ my Benz.

Trikki Nikki, the Gypsy Queen

Allen Two Bars Wilson

Even the feds – how about your new Secerterry O’ State:

Susan Reid (it like we tell you to read it, bitch – it was the video, the video, the video)

And the Beat Goes On…

Invalid November 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Remarking defective ballots onto new ones so they can be run through a machine rather than hand counted is patently fraudluent. Where’s Miz Lilly at?

Johnson November 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

Behind the at…

Anvil November 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Id prefer Two Bar Alan over Joe Wilson any day. The guy is spineless, weak and somehow thinks he can screw people and they won’t remember. Remember this name– Greg Ryberg. Our next congressman from District Two.

Sammy November 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

God I pray not…hope you’re dead wrong about that one.

junior justice November 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Quit your moaning and groaning. All will be OK. I just heard from the White House that Obama will “fixit, folks”.

I’ll be sleeping much better tonight.

Joe November 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Only 138 more to go! Thanks Lilly!!! And Liz!!! and Jean!!!

BradWarthenSucks November 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm

WIS is now reporting 10 voting machines found… at a middle school in Richland County. 4 machines found at another sight. Non of the votes have been counted on those machines.

Jump Back Jack November 16, 2012 at 3:03 am

Actually, those machines may not represent anything suspect. Supposedly, it’s common to take those cartridges out of the machines and down to the election commission, and leave them (machines) at the precinct for later pick up.

What about November 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

Someone literally walked into the community center last night for a meeting and tweeted out pics of voting machines just sitting there. I call BS on the notion that it’s routine. It’s been over a week and random people could just steal the machines waiting for the scheduled pick up. It’s crap.

Also, watch. The Richland County legislative delegation began this by swearing to get to the bottom and correct the issue. They are now in full backpedal. They will do nothing. The line to be used will be “early voting would have solved this.” They will white wash the whole thing.


Jump Back Jack November 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

The reason I said that is based on what I saw on WIS site last night after seeing their 11 PM news:
Even more uncounted Richland Co. ballots located

-excerpted- The photos show the machines have red tags on them. On Election Night, Jody Barr (WISTV) reports a poll worker told him the red tags are to stay on the machines until they are unsealed for tabulation.

Marci Andino with the South Carolina Election Commission informed Barr via Twitter Thursday night that they “don’t need voting machines to count votes.

I understand if anyone doesn’t want to trust what Andino says, I was merely referring to the fact that it makes sense that those red cassettes are what contain all the tabulations, and as yet, no one has said they were not taken in for counting.

Jim November 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

Facts- In Richland County, 1,127 ballots from the Bluff and Ward 21 precincts voting machines were not counted in the November 2010 election. Richland used 836 machines in 2010 with a turnout of 120,000. In 2012, Richland used 729 machines with turnout of 153,999. 45 machines were broken so bad they could not even suit up for the big game.

The machines are at the core of the problem and are dis-enfranchising voters.

It is time to fix the system.

insider November 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

They need to investigate Lexington County, also. People are saying there is no way Knotts lost.

9" November 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Bet they were in the same place where they keep the really good dope..

Johnson November 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I just heard the RC Elections office asked for 2 more hours of time. I asked a co-worker, who is black, what’s going on. He answered, “CPT.” I laughed until I nearly fell out of my chair. He said that I could never say that, but he could.

Carrottop November 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

If we have a new election maybe we can all show up and write in ANYONE but that dope JOE WILSON!

Jump Back Jack November 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I think we can safely institute a new catch phrase that mirrors the infamous “AND WEST VIRGINIA JUST SCORED AGAIN!”


Anybody with me?


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