Voting harder than expected in areas of Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Several voters in Horry County reported having problems while voting Tuesday. With more than 850 volunteers and 600 machines working hard to make sure everyone's vote counted, some people said the process wasn't as simple as they'd hoped it would be.

"It was kind of frustrating, and I think the other people who were in my situation, they were very frustrated," Myrtle Beach resident Brittany Knecht said.

Knecht said she went to vote Tuesday morning and was turned away for what she later found out was because of county redistricting. Knecht said she was never told of the change.

"I went to go to Ocean View Baptist Church [Tuesday] morning and my card did specify that I was there to vote and I did vote for the primary there. And, they informed me along with 20 other people and put us in a room, that they could not find our names on the list," Knecht said.

Knecht was able to vote at her precinct later in the day.

In Surfside Beach, James Witzigman said a ballot machine changed his presidential vote several times. He said he is convinced it was corrupt and wants to get the word out about what happened.

"I think it's important. Unfortunately I think it's gonna be too late. That's why I tried to make all the contacts I could. I contacted the State Board of Elections, didn't really get anywhere with that," Witzigman said.

The poll clerk at that precinct said Witzigman's choices were changed due to machine calibration problems. The machine was immediately shut down.

Horry County Spokeswoman, Lisa Bourcier, said it's very clear when the machines have this issue.

"A calibration issue happens right at that instant. With these machines, all the votes are highlighted. You have to verify and approve it twice before your vote goes through," Bourcier said.

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