Election Crisis Continues: Board Names Interim Director

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The election crisis continued in Richland County Wednesday with the board naming a fourth director in nearly two years.

The now former director of the commission, Howard Jackson has met with SLED and presented evidence of what he calls unlawful acts by certain election officials.

Before Howard Jackson had time to finish out his last days in office, the Richland County election board moved to remove him immediately.

Samuel Selph has been named as the interim director and the fourth person in nearly two year to hold that position.

"The board believes that Mr. Selph will be an able caretaker of this office in the interim capacity," said board chair, Allen Dowdy.

Earlier this week, the board voted to fire Jackson as the director of the commission.

Tuesday, Jackson lodged serious allegations about the boards misconduct.

Now the board has changed Jackson's termination date from Friday to immediately.

"Something went wrong obviously, something went wrong in 2012 and something went wrong in 2013. We want to make certain that never happens again," said Selph.

Newly appointed director of the commission Samuel Selph has been working with elections in the Midlands since the 80's.

He says that the board is fully capable of having a successful election.

"It should not matter who sits in that office as director. We should be able to have a smooth, fair and efficient election if we follow the process that's in place."

The former director says he is not surprised by the selection.

"Well, he told me he had an agenda when he came here, so apparently his agenda was to get rid of me and install himself," said Jackson.

Jackson claims that when he tried to hire a new deputy director...he was met with resistance from a board member because of the candidates' race, Wednesday we found out that Jackson was referring to Selph.

"Yes, he is that individual."

We tried to get answer from the board chair Allen Dowdy about the allegations but he only said it was a personnel matter, when pressed about responding to the citizens of Richland county he replied, "I can't, I am not an attorney, I am not SLED."

Selph claims the accusations were false.

"I can't fathom the accusations that were made. Certainly those stories are different from what happened in the board meetings that I was a part of," said Selph.

Selph says he is look forward to having a successful March and June election.

Jackson he will meet again with SLED sometime next week to give more evidence.


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