Official: Every vote cast in Greenville Co. was accounted for despite machine issues

Voters cast their ballots and Landrum High School (FOX Carolina/ June 12, 2018)

Even though voters at some Upstate polling places encountered some problems while trying to cast their ballots on Tuesday, officials said no votes were lost.

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Conway Bellangia, Director of Voter Registration and Elections in Greenville County, said 33 of the county’s oldest machines stopped working in three precincts, and crews were out working to replace or repair those units.

Bellangia said the machine woes led to longer lines at Taylors Elementary School in the Edwards Forest precinct and Tigerville Elementary School for the Tigerville precinct.

Despite the mechanical issues, Bellangia said no votes were lost. He said Greenville County has about 600 total machines in operation Tuesday.

Specially-trained technicians were called in to recover the votes Bellangia said.

The company that makes the voting machines is investigating what caused the issue and Bellangia said those machines will not be used in runoff voting.

Two state house candidates complained that their names were left off of some ballots, but Bellangia said that didn't happen.

"We've not had any problems with anybody saying that they didn't see a candidate or an office if they were supposed to receive it," Bellangia said.

Greenville County will submit their numbers to State Election Commission by Thursday at noon to certify the official results and determine if any recounts are necessary.

Henry Laye, Spartanburg County’s Director of Registration and Elections, said there was only one issue in the county.

A car crashed in front of Enoree Baptist Church, causing a power outage. The polls were still open and the machines were running on batteries.

No issues were reported in other Upstate counties but officials reported light turnout.

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