The election is nearly over for Richland County almost two weeks after voting day.
With an extension granted by the State Supreme Court, the county election commission finished its vote count Friday afternoon, a process that began last Wednesday and had stops and starts as the county continued to find extra ballots.
Now that Richland County’s count is finished, the State Election Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to certify statewide voting results.
But the process is not over for Richland County election officials, who must now help state legislators piece together the events of Nov. 6.
The Richland County Legislative Delegation will hold a fact-finding hearing Monday Nov. 26 to question what happened on an election day filled with malfunctioning machines, precincts with much fewer machines than usual– which resulted in lines lasting six hours at some polling places.
Chapin Representative Nathan Ballentine says the day’s debacle amounts to “inexperience, incompetence …or worse.”