Long lines form as polls open in SC, NC, GA

WSPA – Voting polls across the area are open and voters are seeing long lines at precincts.

Lines of voters had formed before polls opened at 7 a.m. in Anderson County. About 300 people were waiting to cast their votes in Powdersville shortly after the polls opened. One voter said he waited one hour and ten minutes.

Voters line up at a Powdersville precinct in Anderson County.
Voters line up at a Powdersville precinct in Anderson County.

In Spartanburg County, we’re told voters had to wait soon after polls opened at West View Elementary School. Henry Laye, director of registration and election in Spartanburg County, said that servers were briefly down.

Laptops were effected, however the technical glitch did not impact voting machines, Laye said.

He said poll workers used paper copies as a back up until servers were restored to laptops.

Hundreds were waiting in line at a Greer precinct in Greenville County around 6:50 a.m.

In Laurens County, election officials say they aren’t seeing as many long lines, but waits have been about 45 minutes at the Simpsonville precinct.

The biggest reminder for voters is to check your registration to make sure it matches your current address. Election officials say some people haven’t voted in 12 years and they haven’t updated their registration. If your registration needs updating, come to the elections office at the courthouse in downtown Laurens and vote there. 

The S.C. Election Commission told 7News there were no major issues as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Voter turnout is reportedly heavy throughout the state.

They have received calls from voters with various issues, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Poll managers couldn’t open machines by 7 a.m. at one Horry County precinct. Election officials say they did the right thing and used paper ballots until the issue was resolved.

The state Election Commission said there no issues at polling places that are keeping people from voting.

Voters have until 7 p.m. to vote in South Carolina and Georgia. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. in North Carolina.

You can check your registration and find your polling place at scvotes.org.


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