Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Finally the Richland County Election Commission has certified the votes; but the election debacle isn't over.

"Elections are never done on Election Day," said Chris Whitmire with the State Election Commission.

It doesn't usually take 10 days to find out the official results of an election.

"The certification is usually done by Wednesday and now we are pushing into the next week," said Whitmire.

Broken machines and long lines greeted Richland county voters on Election day.

Days following the election were filled with missing ballots and errors.

"It's unacceptable to not have enough voting machines for people to vote, some of the mistakes in the vote count is unacceptable. It's unacceptable to have certification a week after the law requires, those things are not O.K.."

Whitmire says this election meltdown won't sit well with voters.

"The whole situation has hurt voter confidence in Richland County; I think that is obvious to everyone."

Because the Richland County Commission didn't certify their results until Friday, that delayed the State Commission in sending results to the United States Secretary of State office.

"The results for President, for US House of Representatives District 2 and 6 and all of the House and Senate districts that touch Richland County won't be official until we certify on next Monday."

Adding insult to injury some voting machines were left, for more than a week after the election, at precincts.

Whitmire says most counties take the memory cards out to count the votes and pick of the machines later.

"I think when you get to 10 days after the election and machines are still left in an area that is not 100% secure, that is a little too long."

He says all the State Election Commission can do is help plan for the 2014 election.

"We stand ready and willing to help Richland County figure out what they need to do so this doesn't happen again."

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