Rep. Terry Alexander Representative Terry Alexander (D – Florence) is introducing a bill in the upcoming legislative session that will address this state’s voting system inadequacies. As seen during the recent mid-term elections in November, there were multiple instances of voting machine problems, causing huge delays and questions about whether votes cast were tabulated correctly. The proposed legislation mandates the state legislature fund updated machines, including a paper record for voter verification, and establishes a post-election audit to identify and rectify any issues. Citizens of South Carolina shouldn’t have to question if their vote is being counted accurately when they participate in a fundamental part of democracy, just because our state has not focused on the need to update our voting machines in nearly 14 years. Shaundra Scott, Executive Director of the ACLU of SC, said “the Governor and Legislature’s collective inaction on this … [Read more...] about The ACLU of South Carolina Backs Bill to Update Antiquated Voting Machines
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South Carolina election officials have taken a key step toward replacing the state's 13,000 outdated voting machines and want the new system to generate a paper record after each ballot is cast.The state Election Commission on Friday outlined its call for a "statewide voting system solution" in a request for proposal, or RFP.The RFP marks the first formal step in soliciting contracts or bids from voting system vendors.Officials want the new system implemented by January 2020, ahead of the next presidential election.The touchscreen machines South Carolina voters have used since 2004 provide no paper record, making the Palmetto State one of five states where voting machines do not leave a paper trail behind. That means when there's a contested election or a suspected security breach, there is currently no paper component for auditing results."Just about everybody who has a stake in an election has expressed support for replacing the current voting system with a system that has paper," … [Read more...] about SC Election Commission requesting new voting system that they say must have paper trail
Meg Kinnard, Associated Press Updated 7:54 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Democratic state Rep. James Smith and Republican Gov. Henry McMaster meet in the South Carolina governor debate, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, S.C. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP) less Democratic state Rep. James Smith and Republican Gov. Henry McMaster meet in the South Carolina governor debate, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, S.C. ... more Photo: Andrew Whitaker, AP Democratic state Rep. James Smith and Republican Gov. Henry McMaster shake hands prior to the South Carolina governor debate, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, S.C. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP) less Democratic state Rep. James Smith and Republican Gov. Henry … [Read more...] about South Carolina gov hopefuls clash in 1st of 2 debates
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Tim Smith Greenville News Published 1:47 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tuesday's South Carolina primary results reflected the strong support here for President Donald Trump, whose endorsements and name played a role in at least three races, political experts said. Gov. Henry McMaster, who Trump endorsed, collected 42 percent of the vote and is headed for a runoff, while U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, whom Trump opposed, was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington in the Republican race for the 1st congressional district. And in the 4th district GOP contest, third-party ads attacked state Sen. William Timmons and state Rep. Dan Hamilton, both of Greenville, for once saying critical things about Trump. Hamilton missed the cut for a runoff in the race and Timmons placed second to former state Sen. Lee Bright. "I think President Trump's support did have some impact on yesterday's primaries," said Robert Oldendick, a University of South Carolina political … [Read more...] about How much did the ‘Trump Effect’ influence South Carolina primary races?