Letter to the Editor: County addresses Election Day reporting delays

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Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic thanks the hard work of Board of Elections and Registration Director Scott Marshall, his staff and all of the poll workers for their hard work on Election Day and in the weeks and months leading up to the election.

One complaint coming from voters was the speed in which Beaufort County Election results were being reported after being sent to the State Board of Elections. The cause for that delay is the mandate from the state that all data sent to the South Carolina Board of Elections is sent through analog lines. Not all 46 counties in the state are equipped with digital capabilities so therefore the state wants all counties to be consistent in the manner data is transmitted.

“The people of Beaufort County have so much technology at their fingertips, from iPhones to iPads and laptops. They expect on election night to receive results in a timely fashion. With all of the advancements in technology there should be a more efficient way the counties can send their data to the State Board of Elections rather than using analog lines”, said Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic.

Joy Nelson

Beaufort County Public Information Officer