Columbia, SC (WLTX) - More than a month after the election debacle in Richland County, board chairwoman Liz Crum says she has no confidence in Executive Director Lillian McBride.
"I have personally lost and I am not speaking for the board, I have personally lost confidence in Mrs. McBride's ability to serve as the executive director of the commission. I consider Mrs. McBride a friend and this is a very difficult decision for me, but on a going forward basis, I think to restore confidence in the people, we need to have a new executive director. I will submit my resignation to the legislative delegation tomorrow morning," said Liz Crum in Monday's board meeting.
During last month's election in Richland County voters stood in line for up to six hours, some precincts had three and four machines, others had broken ones. Certification was late and uncounted votes were discovered days after the election.
Election Board Chairwoman Liz Crum says after hearing an interim report about what went wrong she now has no confidence in McBride.
"Mrs. McBride and I are friends, we have worked together since 1998 and it is a very difficult decision, but I think it is the right one," said Crum.
Crum says she didn't make up her mind about resigning before the meeting but it was something she considered.
"After extreme soul searching and I will tell you I have done some extreme soul searching, I no longer have confidence personally, in Mrs. McBride's ability to manage the office; therefore I can no longer serve as chairman."
Moving forward, Crum and the board voted to ask the legislative delegation to adopt early voting in our state.
"Contact your local delegation, your house member or senate member and ask for early voting and tell them what you think about the way Richland County elections have been held and what you think as a voter should be done.