January 19th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Voting machine problems reported in one South Carolina county

(CNN) - Poll workers in Horry County tell CNN voting machines have been down since polls opened Saturday morning throughout the county - the machines are not reading an activation card.

Workers have been giving out paper ballots but at least one precinct has run out of envelopes to seal them in (not a sign of turnout - they had just 23 such ballots on hand). Election workers say that officials have told them they are working precinct by precinct to fix the problem and that a few voting machines may now be running, but some voters have been turned away and asked to check back later.

Three poll workers also tell CNN the county has about 100 precincts and all have been affected. CNN is awaiting a call back from the county's election supervisor.

Horry County, which includes Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, was a John McCain stronghold in 2000 - he beat then Texas Gov. George Bush there by 2,500 votes.

- CNN's Lisa Desjardins

Filed under: South Carolina
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. James Brown ( Independent )

    They need to scrap all them voting machines and go to paper .

    January 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. E>Dozois

    Congratulations to Hilly Clinton,she will make a great president,Mr.Obama
    should be running for the republicans,he seems to quote them quite a lot.

    January 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. David

    Why wasn't my submitted comment posted? Does CNN cull out responses they don't agree with?? I used to trust CNN, but it's beginning to look like someone's got an agenda. Ron Paul came in second in Nevada–that's a big story. Come on–Romney had the support of all the Mormons who voted in lock-step for their man. And the fact that Paul came in second is a huge story. Is CNN upset because they have egg on their face at being the only news organization to run with the racist story against Paul? Aren't y'all "supposed" to be unbiased?

    January 19, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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