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Benjamin expresses "concern", "frustration" in letter to Board of Elections

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In a letter obtained by WIS addressed to Richland County Board of Elections Director Lillian McBride, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin expressed "concern" and "frustration" over the polling issues that plagued Tuesday's elections.

Benjamin, in the letter, says he visited several polling places on Election Day, and says what he saw first-hand "goes well beyond the inconvenience and delay that often accompanies high voter turnout."

Tuesday's election was marred by a lack of voting machines and voter machine troubles that caused many people to stand in line for as long as six hours.

Benjamin himself wrote on his twitter page that he stood in line for several hours.

"Almost four hours in line," Benjamin tweeted at 10:41 p.m. Tuesday. "Finally voted."

South Carolina's polls close at 7 p.m. Benjamin, like many others, voted long after the polls were closed.

"My experience and those of our citizens raise some troubling questions," Benjamin writes.

The mayor goes on to ask several questions about anticipated turnout, the speed of response to voting issues, and what can be done to prevent issues in the future.

The letter was hand-delivered to the Richland County Board of Elections on Wednesday.

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