Voting Machines Crash in Myrtle Beach, SC

Jan 19, 2008 3:06pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: A number of voting machines in a number of precincts in Horry County, South Carolina had technical problems this morning from human error in preparing the voting machines for the election, according to Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the South Carolina Election Commission.

Nearly all of the voting machines impacted by the technical problems are now back up and running, Whitmire says.

The election commission believes that the problem was isolated to Horry County, home to Myrtle Beach, where there are 127,000 registered voters.

Voters in precincts across the county were told to use paper ballots and they submitted them successfully, said Whitemire. From what the state officials can tell, every person who tried to vote has been successful using the machines or paper ballots. That claim is being disputed by Republican candidate Sen. John McCain (Arizona).

The McCain campaign said Saturday that it heard reports of sites running out of paper ballots and people being turned away. Whitmire, however, could not confirm to ABC News having heard any such reports.

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