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      Richland County prepares for November election

      The Richland County Election Commission is taking steps to limit potential problems with voting machines and counters on election day.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - The Richland County Election Commission is taking steps to limit potential problems with voting machines and counters on election day.

      The office conducted a public test of its database and counting equipment associated with the November 5, 2013 election to ensure voters of a smooth and accurate process.

      "Testing is verification on our counting system, says Garry Baum, the Deputy Director of the Elections. "The first counting system is for our optical scan ballots which are used for absentee ballots," Baum says.

      The counting system verifies that the hand count equals the count on the voting machines.

      Garry Baum says they plan to test votes on voting machines at all 124 precincts leading up to the election.

      "It is so important to test our equipment before Election Day to verify that all of the counters are working," says Baum.

      The upcoming election in November will include the county library referendum, the city of Columbia, and the town of Blythewood.