Just in time, the Union County Election Commission has arrived at the Union County Courthouse to begin testing and programming the two demonstration machines set to bridge the gap for the rest of the early voting period.
Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips said at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday that one of the original five machines reached capacity earlier in the day and two others were well on their way to do the same before the end of the day. One had 60 votes remaining and another had 125.
She predicted the office would end the day with two of the original machines before they fill by noon on Thursday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 484 people had voted, bringing the total up to 5,475 voters for the whole period.
Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.