Richland County Election Director Lillian McBride: I Have Not Resigned

7:28 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County Election Director Lillian McBride is denying reports that she has resigned her position.

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) told reporters earlier that McBride has agreed to step down on January 8 and possibly take another position at the county.

A short while after those reports, McBride emailed the media saying that was not the case. Her email read: "Dear valued members of the press: This is to inform you that I have not submitted my resignation to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration or to the members of the Richland County Legislative Delegation. Any discussion of this is entirely premature and erroneous. Sincerely, Lillian McBride Executive Director of Richland County Elections and Voter Registration" 

News19 asked Rutherford about the discrepancy. Rutherford tells us her lawyer did tell them about the resignation, and says they may have issued the statement because the county has not yet received her resignation letter.

he election board's attorney would not comment on a possible resignation.

McBride had been under scrutiny over the handling of the November 6th General Election.

On Election Day, voters at some precincts were forced to wait as long as seven hours to cast their ballot. An interim report written by the commission's attorney said there were over 200 fewer machines than needed at the polls. LINK: Read the Interim Report

On Tuesday Richland County Election Commission Chair Liz Crum submitted her resignation. In her parting statement, Crum said she had "no confidence" in McBride to continue as director.

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