Richland County finds 150 uncounted votes in bag


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Richland County election officials have found 194 ballots in two separate searches a day after finishing their unofficial count of ballots from this month's election.

County Election Commission attorney Steve Hamm said workers found the first set of 150 ballots in a sealed room not long after finishing their count Wednesday night. Election officials say 44 more ballots were found in bags in a room when workers decided to do one final search of their offices.

The Richland County Election Commission has counted the votes and plans to certify results Friday.

The count Wednesday confirmed Republican businessman Kirkman Finlay won a state House seat.

Richland County reported five-hour waits to vote Nov. 6 amid broken machines and questions whether the county held back some voting devices.

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