Senator Asks Who Has Authority to Fire Elections Director

1:46 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State Senator John Scott is asking South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson who has the authority to fire the director of the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registrations.

The letter, dated November 14, asks Wilson for his legal opinion on the matter.

The Richland County Election Commission has been under intense scrutiny following a heavily criticized performance in November's general election. A lack of working machines at some precincts led to some people waiting as long as six hours to vote on election day. During the counting of the votes over a week later, some ballots were initially misplaced, leading to delays in the final tabulation.

Lillian McBride serves as the executive director of the commission.

In his letter, Scott, a Richland County Democrat, cites state law that says the Richland County Delegation (a group of state senators and representatives from the county) employs the initial director of the commission. The law, however, says that the director then serves "at the pleasure of the board," seemingly a reference to the county election commission itself.

Wilson said he hopes to have a decision by next week.

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