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More Than 1,100 Votes Uncounted In Richland County

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File photo of a polling station. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of a polling station. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More election problems in Richland County.

A state audit has determined county election officials failed to count more than 1,100 absentee votes in city and county elections Nov. 5.

County election director Howard Jackson says all the uncounted ballots came from a single machine used by absentee voters at the election office.

Jackson says the uncounted ballots would not have changed any of the outcomes.

It was the first countywide election since last November, when precincts did not have enough voting machines, leaving some people in line up to seven hours. Hundreds of ballots were not counted.

The Nov. 5 election included the race for Columbia mayor and a countywide property tax increase for libraries.

Jackson would not say Thursday who was responsible for the mistake.

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