Lexington County voters could see long lines on Election Day

Published: Oct. 31, 2014 at 2:54 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 10, 2014 at 3:54 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Election Day is just 5 days away and Lexington County is gearing up for a big turnout.

Some say a long ballot might create long lines and big headaches but the Lexington County elections director said that workers are prepared for the worst.

"A lot of planning has been going into this, so I'm hoping that I got the old saying down," said Dean Crepes with the Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections Office. "No one plans to fail. They just fail to plan."

Crepes said the sky won't fall next Tuesday as voters fill out ballots that are from 12 to 14 pages each.

"Well, the main reason it's so long is the Penny for Progress that they have on there," Crepes said. "It takes up about four pages on the actual iVoter."

Just months ago, the former elections leader resigned due to fear of long lines, huge wait times, and overall chaos.

Crepes, however, isn't stepping down and is putting all his efforts into preparedness.

"As of the end of today, we voted a little under 11,000 people absentee," Crepes said.

Crepes said each absentee vote will alleviate the rush on Election Day.

He's also brought on extra staff and given them extra training.

"We're going to have the Penny for Progress handouts to where, when someone walks in the precincts, if they wish to read this when they're standing in line for voting, they can take the Penny for Progress and read it, then turn it back in when they get to the table or before they vote, so we can take it and give it to someone else," Crepes said.

Crepes said by state law voters only have three minutes, but they have a plan in place if voters take longer.

"If someone gets at a voting booth, and they get a little long, we'll basically ask if we can assist them and if everything is okay," Crepes said. "You know, it's not going to shock them, close up on them, or they going to drop through something on the floor."

Crepes said absentee voting has been a good, smooth test and he expects the same thing on Tuesday.

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