State Law Enforcement Division agents load up Richland County voter data on November 8, 2012 so it can be counted later.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Richland County circuit court judge has ordered a full recounting of all votes cast in Richland County in this past Tuesday's general election.
The recount will involve all races and all ballots from the county.
Fifth Circuit Judge Casey Manning issued his ruling late Thursday on a request filed by the South Carolina Democratic Party.
He granted a temporary restraining order blocking the state from certifying the results until this recount takes place.
On Election Day, malfunctioning machines and too few of the devices at polling places led to long lines, and wait times as long as six hours.
In particular, Democrats want a recount of the race for State House District 75, which incorporates part of the town of Forest Acres and Columbia. Unofficial results show Republican Kirkman Finlay defeating Democrat Joe McCulloch by 265 votes.
In granting the request, Manning ordered that the State Law Enforcement Division seize all electronic disks from voting machines and all paper ballots cast. These records will then be recounted by the State Election Commission, with absentee ballots being counted by hand.
Manning specifically said that Richland County Election Commission employee could play no role in the recount, unless directed by SLED and the state commission.
There will also be an audit of the process. Manning will also allow a designate of either party and the press to observe the recount as it happens.