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Voter turnout lower than expected in runoffs

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Richland County election officials say described voter turnout as "lower than expected."

The June 10th primary had a voter turnout of 16 percent, but Tuesday saw a major drop as just six percent of the voters came to the polls to vote in this runoff.

Election experts believe this result is not unusual given the offices up for grabs.

"We basically had virtually no machine down," Richland County Elections Interim Director Sam Selph said. "We had a few (not) being able to generate zero tape. Very few. Yeah, the problems today were basically non-existent."

Election officials said Tuesday was a great practice run for November's election. More staff training is planned to help smooth out the problems experienced today.

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