Billboard alleging voter fraud stirs controversy in Lexington County

Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 at 11:25 AM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - In the aftermath of the election, a billboard on East Main Street in Lexington County is stirring controversy.

The billboard reads “America’s elections are hacked. Don’t let the Dems steal the election. Call your legally elected official and raise hell.”

However, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud reported so far.

Residents in Lexington County have mixed feelings about what message the billboard is sending.

“Wow, just wow,” Will Smith said of the billboard. “It’s sad that they’re going to go with that narrative that (the election) was stolen. But it wasn’t stolen. It’s just -- the people came out and voted and we want better.”

Ryan Newman didn’t specifically talk about the billboard, but he supports the president.

“Donald Trump has every right to contest the states that are very close. Joe Biden would do it if he lost,” Newman said. “So to say that he should just concede and walk away and say the end of it’s gone -- that’s not the way it goes.”

South Carolina Rep. Chris Wooten, R-Lexington County, issued a statement regarding the billboard saying:

“Am I happy with the wording of the message? No, but that is a First Amendment right. Just as I truly believe that if our president would have chosen some of his wording differently we wouldn’t even be having to have this discussion and he would be there for four more years. However, at the end of the day, the person that believes the election was tampered with is just as important as the person on the other side of the issue. That’s why it is extremely important going forward whether it’s this election or any other that we protect the integrity of the process. I fully expect that our judicial system will determine any inappropriate behavior and decide the proper outcome. I can only hope that whatever it is, we as a country can just realize that criticism and fighting will not do anything but drive us farther apart. We are already in such a horrible divide and don’t have to be.”

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