Crum: "All We Can Do Is Apologize."

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- After missing two deadlines and working for more than 5 almost 6 hours, the Richland County Election Commission officially canvassed votes, Friday afternoon.

The votes were canvassed around 4:15 at the County Election Commission office by Commission Chairperson Liz Crum and Commissioners.

Friday, brough a day long process for officials after accepting 271 ballots to be counted during a hearing concerning the provisional and fail-safe ballots. During the hearing, which lasted about 2 hours, 617 ballots were rejected.

Reasons for rejected ballots vary some include, voting in the wrong precint, criminal convictions and even not being registered to vote.

After the hearing officials moved forward with the couting process, at the time they were up against the clock. However, they did miss the original Noon deadline handed down by the South Carolina Supreme Court earlier this week.

County Election Commission Attorney, Steve Hamm filed two extension requests with the state Supreme Court. The first request asked for an extension until 2:00 p.m., but when that was missed Hamm asked for an extension until 4:00 p.m. The South Carolina Supreme Court answered with an even longer extension of Noon, Monday.

However, that would prove to not be needed.

Crum later thanked those for helping with the entire process and apologized to voters. She also reiterated a thorough investigation is forthcoming.

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