Originally created 11/05/06

Five questions with Stuart Bedenbaugh



Stuart Bedenbaugh is the executive director of the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office.

1. What do you have to do to get ready for an election?

"We do a number of things. The highlights are training poll managers, getting the voting machines and ballots ready, and getting supplies that are needed for poll workers to conduct an election."

2. How soon do you start?

"We started some of our preparations this summer right after the June primary . . . and (we) continue right up to the day before the election."

3. What's the hardest part of preparing for an election?

"There's so many i's that have to be dotted and t's that have to be crossed. Making sure that all of the little things are done."

4. What is the biggest misconception that people have about your office?

"We don't do anything except a month before any election. We're working year-round. There are always voters to process, machines to maintain."

5. Do things always run smoothly on election night?

"It can sometimes be controlled chaos. But generally, yes, they do. Things come at you from every direction, but you just have to prioritize on the fly."