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Jasper Co. officials take extra measures to prevent problems at the polls

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JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) -

After troubles at the polls during the Primary Election in June, Jasper County election officials have been taking extra measures to help fix the problems at the precincts. But some in the community say they have some concerns.

"All the elections are important but for me, the most important one is the school board and I wanted to take part and vote for my candidate in District 2," said retired educator Jackie Fields.

But she says she never got to. She picked up her voter registration card 10 days before voting absentee and it said she was in District 2, even though she's always been in District 5.

"When I stood in front of the machine and started voting for my candidates, I noticed there was not a write in candidate for District 2 because I was told I was in District 2 and my registration card said that," said Fields.

But election officials say her card was wrong. She still in District 5 and there's no school board race in that district this year.

"I went ahead and cast my votes and voted in District 5 but my registration card says District 2," said Fields.

The state elections website confirms that Fields is in District 5. Officials say they're not sure what happened but believe it's an isolated incident.

Denise Davidson believes otherwise. This concerned citizen says she went through the voter registration lists and found more problems.

"Throughout the voter registration list, I have seen a plethora of irregularities of people being listed at the same address but they are designated for different voting precincts and school districts," said Davidson.  We also see a duplication of names."

During the primaries this summer, Jasper County was plagued with voting problems after South Carolina switched to a new computer system. Many voters were sent to the wrong precincts.

Jasper county Election workers say they've been working with state officials and others to avoid those problems again. They sent out more than 1,000 new voter registration cards.

"We've got quite a few calls and fixed quite a few cards," said Jeanine Bostick, Jasper County Elections Director. "We've done mass mailings."

They've also put ads in the paper to encourage voters to call if they have problems or questions.

Election officials are expecting lines at the polls and are asking that everyone be patient.

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