Jackson Out as Richland Elections Chief

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Richland County is without an elections director for the second time in a year.

Richland County Delegation Chair Rep. Joe Neal told News19 Monday that Howard Jackson has been fired from his position.

It's unclear why he was removed.

Jackson told News19 he intends to speak to the media Tuesday about the matter.

Jackson had only been on the job since last June. He took over for Lillian McBride, who resigned in January of last year from the position after problems with the 2012 general election in Richland County. It was determined there were too few machines at many precincts, leading to waits as long as seven hours.

McBride later took another role within the elections office.

Jackson had a problem of his own during the November 2013 election, when nearly 1,000 voters went uncounted. Jackson said a personal electronic ballot (a device that records votes in machines) was not counted.

The problem was discovered during an audit of the results conducted by the State Election Commission. Jackson promised changes after the error.


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