Friday, November 23, 2012
The other 128 had fewer machines than required, according to a report from USC researchers.
Richland County voters knew there weren't enough machines on Election Day when they were left waiting for hours to find a chance to cast a ballot. Now, according to a preliminary report from USC researchers working for the League of Women Voters, we see exactly how bad the problem was. See a summary of the report HERE. According to Page 29 of the SC Election Commission's Poll Managers Handbook, there should be one machine for every 250 registered voters in a precinct. But only six of the county's 124 precincts had the required number of machines. And many of machines were not working for at least part of the day.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The board unanimously agreed in September 2011 to post meeting minutes online — but it's not happening.
While political candidates, operatives, reporters and voters across Richland County try to piece together how things turned out so wrong at Tuesday's elections, one relatively small thing is slowing them down. Piecing together what the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Board knew about and did to prevent the near-disaster — 200 machines held back at county offices, resulting in wait times of up to four, five and six hours — is nearly impossible because the commission has not been following its own public information rules. At the board's Sept. 27, 2011, meeting — just a few months after the elections board and the voter registration board combined, and Lillian McBride was named its first director — the board unanimously …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
More than 18 hours after the polls closed, multiple races remain in the balance.
Editor Jessie Gable is at the Richland County Elections Commission, where there remains more questions that answers.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Voters in South Carolina on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 9 Electoral votes.
Mitt Romney won South Carolina’s nine electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama. Despite the fact that hundreds are still waiting to vote in Richland County, which has been beset by delays all day, South Carolina has been called by NBC, ABC and NPR. As results come in on South Carolina's seven congressional seats and the amendment to put the governor and lieutenant governor on the same ballot, follow those results here. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in South Carolina. The state has typically been a Republican stronghold in …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The S.C. Election Commission reports more than 375,000 absentee votes cast as of 4:30.
In yet another nation-defining election, South Carolina voters are running to the polls in droves. And it's not even Election Day. As of 4:30 p.m. today, more than 375,000 absentee votes have been cast in the state, according to the S.C. Election Commission. In 2008, more than 340,000 absentee ballots were cast. Absentee votes made up nearly 18 percent of all votes cast. Here are how many absentee votes were cast in the previous seven elections, according to the election commission. Here is a county-by-county report on absentee ballots cast as of 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Picking presidents easier than predicting a winner
South Carolina knows how to pick presidents, but this year, like primaries past, it’s unclear who that nominee will be even just 16 days before the vote. With former Sen. Rick Santorum’s last-minute surge in Iowa catapulting him back into the race, Rep. Ron Paul continuing to gather enthusiastic support, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich looking to regain momentum and former Gov. Mitt Romney aiming to convince voters that he’s a true conservative, even polls may not be able to predict how South Carolinians will vote. “Anybody can win this in the next 16 days,” South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly said Wednesday. “I’ve seen this my entire political career in South Carolina.” At this time in 2008, Sen. John McCain stood …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly lays out expectations for the primary
South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly said Wednesday he expects the Palmetto State to continue its streak of picking presidents despite the lack of a clear GOP frontrunner. "We’re going to preserve our unbroken tradition," Connelly said. "For 30 years now we have picked the eventual nominee on the Republican side and we’re legitimate." Connelly addressed the media to lay out his expectations for the next 17 days and discuss some details of how the primary will work. The party chairman said he expected a fluid process during the next two weeks. He said South Carolina's low-cost media market and diverse Republican electorate gave every candidate a chance to win. "We have probably one of the better mixtures and cross-sections…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Local teacher asks voters to think record, not rhetoric
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
South Carolinians will go to the polls in a few weeks to determine who the next Republican nominee for President likely will be. For months, candidates have been coming to our state time and again to meet and speak with us. With their visits, we've learned a lot about them and about where they stand on issues important to us. A recently published CBS/New York Times poll shows that a majority of Americans don't want President Obama re-elected. Echoing that sentiment, a recent Gallup poll reveals more people disapproving of Obama's performance than approving it. Those polls demonstrate that Americans in growing numbers are opposing Obama's misguided efforts to reconstruct our nation. What Americans want is someone they can trust to …