Lawmaker requests commission impound voting machines

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A South Carolina state senator requested Monday all voting machines used in Tuesday's primary election be impounded and a full audit be performed.

State Senator Phil Leventis petitioned the State Election Commission to impound voting machines used in the statewide election citing the outcome of the U.S. Senate race.  Alvin Green, an unemployed veteran, won the Democratic nomination.

In a letter to the chairman of the commission, Leventis wrote, "...many voting irregularities occurred in the Democratic primary for United States Senate.  For instance, it has been reported in 25 precincts in Spartanburg county, one of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate received more votes than were actually cast..."

The commission responded Monday afternoon saying that there are no plans to impound the voting machines because there is a statewide primary runoff planned for June 22.

Commission spokesperson, Chris Whitmire, wrote, "The South Carolina State Election Commission has full confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the state's voting system.  The system has been used in thousands of election since its implementation in 2004 and has always functioned as it is designed to function.  South Carolina voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 22nd to vote in the statewide Primary Runoffs.  It is important for voters to know that the State Election Commission expects the system to perform in the Runoff as it has thousands of times before, accurately and reliably."

Greene was virtually unknown until his victory thrust him into the national spotlight.  Almost as soon as the sun came up Wednesday morning, Greene was answering questions about how he won and where his filing fee came from.

The man who lost to Greene filed an official protest Monday.  In a news release, Vic Rawl called the election and Greene's victory, a "strange circumstance."

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