State Law Enforcement Division agents remove election data for safekeeping on November 9, 2012.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Attorney General Alan Wilson issued an opinion Monday saying the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration for Richland County has the authority to fire the board's executive director, should they decide to do so.
State Senator John Scott (D-Richland County) asked for the opinion in a letter dated November 14.
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The opinion was sought because of questions whether the election board, or the Richland County legislative delegation had the authority to fire the executive director. Lillian McBride serves in that position and has come under fire over the county's handling of the November election. The election saw lines of six hours to vote, and a court ordering SLED agents to seize ballots while their were questions about the counting process in the county.
Attorney General Alan Wilson's opinion states that the legislative delegation has the authority to appointment, but not to supervise or discharge the "initial director."
McBride is the first person to hold the position since Richland County combined voter registration and election offices into one department in 2011.