Election officials hope new technology will decrease wait times come Election Day

Published: May. 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We're less than 30 days away from the June primaries but some viewers told WIS they're still seeing problems or discrepancies on their voter registration cards.

But officials said you can actually take care of those yourself and not have to worry about them on Election Day.

"A lot of voters walk into a polling place and there's one line for 'A' through 'l,' another line for 'M' through 'Z.' There's 20 people in the 'M' through 'Z' line, one person in the 'A' through 'l' line. You're looking over there thinking 'why can't I get in that line?'" said Chris Whitmire with the SC State Election Commission.

It's a problem that seems to happen to everyone in every election but officials are working to eliminate a huge headache for South Carolina voters.

"EVRL eliminates that, the computers are networked so they talk to each other," Whitmire said.

EVRL or electronic voter registration lists, help eliminate long lines and the long wait that comes from a poll worker trying to find your name in a massive book of names.

The laptops are for Richland County and Whitmire said this new system could help prevent massive waits like what we saw back in 2012.

"Making sure voters have a positive experience at the polls, and that's mainly eliminating wait times," Whitmire said.

But what about problems before Election Day?

WIS heard from one concerned viewer in Irmo who said she received her son's registration card in the mail but it had the wrong race listed on his card and she also told us a friend's card had the wrong gender.

With so little time before Election Day, can those problems be fixed?

"They can correct that," Whitmire said. "Go to and check your registration. If everything's not correct, you can now do that online. We're one of 13 states that has that, where someone with a driver's license or DMV ID can go online and update their voter registration."

Whitmire said some of those discrepancies with voter registration information can be corrected at the polls themselves, so if you can't access SC Votes, you can take care of it on Election Day, it'll just take some time.

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