South Carolina: Here’s why election equipment maintenance and licensing matters | Rachel Ripp/WLTX
Maintaining and renewing licenses for election equipment is vital. If it’s not maintained, and something goes wrong, it can impact the process of casting your ballot. That’s why this week, Lexington County Council met to approve about $184,000 for voting machine maintenance fees and licensing renewals. It’s a yearly to do list item, but it’s also critical to election integrity. “Maintenance on the equipment, so if something breaks, the screen breaks and you need a screen replaced, preventative maintenance on scanners, making sure the rollers are clean and everything’s functioning properly,” said Chris Whitmire, SC Election Commission spokesperson. Lexington County Election Administrator Lenice Shoemaker tells News 19 her office has been lucky the past 12 years she’s worked there. “I didn’t have any trouble with any of my machines that I get. I had a battery that was going low once, which these don’t use that anymore, and the rover came, swapped out the batteries and it was fine. I just used a different machine until he could check it,” Shoemaker said. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. Lenice explains her staff is starting the process of checking all the equipment, from cleaning it to making sure all the buttons work to scanning test ballots. After all, this equipment just sits in a storage room, unused for long periods of time if there’s no special or municipal elections. And when it is used, it’s on the move.
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