The State newspaper reported that as many as 3800 voters in Richland County could have voted twice. While officially in The State, election officials say that such did not happen, a confidential source within Richland County told me that double voting did in fact happen.
The lapse in turnaround time in making sure poll managers knew who had already voted made the situation ripe for voter fraud. While some might ask why some would wait in line for hours more than once to vote, money and passion can motivate people.
The example in Richland County, along with some "pencil only" ballots in some local races around the state cries out for a statewide voter system that instantly records who has voted and when and how they voted. If we have "instant background checks" for gun purchases, certainly we can have instant checks to make sure that someone has not already voted.
Further, whatever legislation is necessary should be passed to put the municipal elections into the state voting system. It is incredible that people have to vote with pencils for their municipal leaders. That does not inspire confidence.
I saw firsthand the pencil paper ballots in my hometown of Honea Path. Now, while I sincerely believe that everyone involved in the election are honest people and that the elections were fair, why risk it? Why not have municipal races picked up by the computer voting machines?
We in South Carolina have a long way to go to inspire confidence in our election results.