The primary elections didn't get off to the best start in parts of Richland County.

About two dozen precincts had equipment or people problems, such as trouble with laptop computers or voting machines, and several poll workers showed up late.

Interim elections director Samuel Selph admits the process “stumbled coming out of the gate,” as he puts it, but he feels there's no such thing as a flawless election and says Tuesday was nothing like elections the past two years that had too few voting machines and a number of other glitches.          

“There are a couple of things that we could do a bit better, there's no question about that,” Selph tells WVOC.  

“And we believe that education and training seminars can take of those issues.  But I want to try and move people away from 2012 and 2013 as the benchmark for holding elections in Richland County.  Certainly today (Tuesday) wouldn't compare to anything that happened during those years.”

Selph says most of the problems Tuesday were ironed out in the first couple hours.