Liz Crum Resigns as Head of Rich. Co. Election Board

1:46 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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 PDF Document: Crum Resignation Letter

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Liz Crum, the chair of the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, issued a letter of immediate resignation Tuesday.

Crum had told the commission Monday night that she intended to step down from her role. member of the Richland County Board of Elections since 1998,

Addressing Senator Darrell Jackson, chair of the Richland County Legislative Delegation, Crum stated that "it is obvious that I can no longer continue as chairman of the Board, and exercise my duties in good faith."

Crum had been a member of the Richland County Board of Elections since 1998.

The Richland County election process has been under fire for its performance in the November 6th General Election. At some precincts, people had to wait as long as seven hours to cast a ballot.

An interim report produced by the commission's attorney found that almost 200 fewer voting machines than were needed went to the polls.

Since the problem, Richland County Election Director Lillian McBride has come under scrutiny. Two members of the Richland County Legislative Delegation--Senator John Courson and Representative Nathan Balletine--have openly called for her resignation. Others have also criticized McBride's leadership.

However, others have come to her aid, including Senator Jackson and Representative Leon Howard.

In her parting statement, Crum said a change is needed.

I, as chairman and a member of the Board, have lost confidence in Ms. McBride's ability to serve as Executive Director of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office, and to manage that Office effectively," Crum wrote.

In her letter, Crum says she feels that having a new executive director at the office is the only way the confidence of the voters and poll workers in Richland County can be restored. 

"I feel strongly that Ms. McBride should no longer serve as executive director and that the Board needs to conduct an open, thorough and transparent search for a new director who has strong management skills."


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