Paper ballots in Lancaster County recounted due to mislabeled thumb drive

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — Boxes and boxes of paper ballots had to be counted again overnight in Lancaster County because of a mislabeled thumb drive.

More than 21,000 people voted by absentee ballots in Lancaster County before Election Day.

On Tuesday night as the ballots were being counted, elections officials noticed more than 40% of them weren’t included.


Elections director Mary Ann Hudson told Channel 9 one of the thumb drives from a ballot-scanning machine didn’t have the right label on it.

Election officials started the process again with the paper ballots to ensure accuracy.

“We had to rescan over 21,000 ballots,” Hudson said. “It actually took us all night to do that.”

All the ballots were counted by 6:30 a.m. The recount did not change the outcome of any local races.