Richland County Still Counting Votes

3:09 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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Worker scans a ballot at the Richland County Election Commission on November 7, 2012.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Richland County Election Commission began counting votes again Wednesday, as they work to complete the much-delayed results from Tuesday's election.

The counting began again at around 10 a.m.

Election officials say a scanner broke around 1:30 a.m., making it impossible for them to continue counting overnight. They got a technician to come in early in the morning and repair the machine.

Some of the electronic machines malfunctioned at precincts as well, and the devices had to be closed out once they got to the

As of 10:30 a.m., there were about 35,000 votes left to count, a number that included absentee, overseas ballots, and some computer data.

The amount of outstanding votes means a call can't yet be made on whether a proposed penny tax will pass.

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