Richland Co. Discovers More Uncounted Votes

3:04 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Richland County Election Commission Board Attorney Steve Hamm confirms that one voting machine at the Lincolnshire precinct had votes that weren't counted.

Hamm is working with USC professor Duncan Buell on behalf of the commission to investigate the problems at the polls during the general election.

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During the investigation, Buell informed Hamm that the Lincolnshire precinct had six voting machines, but data shows only five were counted.

"We believe it's a very small number, but any number of votes not counted that are cast by our citizens is not acceptable," Hamm said. "But it's a small number of votes, nonetheless."

Hamm said he was informed by Buell's discovery this past week. Hamm is now looking to see if this problem happened at other precincts, but said this is a fairly isolated problem.

"I think me and professor Buell both continue to conclude that these issues do not call into question the results of any election matter addressed by the voters on November 6," Hamm said.

Hamm will submit a preliminary report to the Richland County Election Board by December 5.

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