South Carolina looking to update voting machines

South Carolina looking to update voting machines

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Election day is behind us and South Carolina election officials say the overall process was smooth across the state.

There were a few scattered issues but no major problems, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

Most South Carolina voters went to the polls on Tuesday without experiencing problems. It all came down to long lines and voting machine glitches, which is something they are looking at changing in the future.

South Carolina Election Commission Director Chris Whitmire, says, for the most part, everything went better than expected.

"Overall I think we had a pretty good election. In every election you are going to have some issues out there," Whitmire says.

The day got off to a rocky start with the voting machines having some calibration issues.

"On Election Day, things happen like machines die, the batteries die, the screens go bad, the motherboard goes bad," Whitmire explains.

The aging voting system withstood the test of time for now, but there's a question about its future.

"We know if we don't do something, we are going to see more and more of that. The older the machines get, the more parts fail," Whitmire says.

He's hoping to advance the technology but it could take a few years with a new set of standards on the voting system expected to be released in 2018.

"Voting systems will be built to those standards and purchasing a system at this time would cause South Carolina to miss out on potential new technology out there that would benefit the state. It would lock us into a system now and would not give us the opportunity to look at what is on the horizon," Whitmire explains.

For now, it's a waiting game for South Carolina, but Whitmire hopes to have the new machines by the next general election or within the next few years.

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