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South Carolina issues paper ballots after voting machines break

Election officials in two South Carolina counties are issuing paper ballots because voting machines were down Tuesday, according to media reports.

In Pickens County the voting-machine problems were because of a human error, South Carolina Elections Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told The State newspaper.

He said there was a problem with a device used by poll workers to put ballots on electronic voting machines, but did not provide more details.

Mr. Whitmire also told The State some of the machines were working again after 9 a.m. and that the paper ballots will be counted along with the electronic ballots cast.

Whitmire told The State that some of the machines were working again a little after 8 a.m. He said every polling place has paper ballots in case of an emergency and that they will be counted along with the other ballots cast Tuesday.

A similar problem was reported in at least one polling place in Anderson County, television station WYFF said. The station reported the voting machines were almost all back up and running by 9 a.m.

In Grenville County, a machine jammed and did not confirm one individual’s vote, WYFF also reported.

Gov. Henry McMaster, Republican, is running for his first full term after succeeding Niki Haley, who resigned last year to join the Trump administration. He is opposed by state representative James Smith, a Democrat.

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