SC GOP Requests Un-Redacted Rich. Co. Election Emails

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The SC Republican Party filed a request for emails regarding the Richland County 2012 Election Debacle.

The SC GOP previously had requested internal communication emails regarding the November, 2012 Richland County Elections troubles residents faced.

When the GOP received emails from the County Election Commission, portions had been redacted, or whited-out. Specifically, one email in particular is of interest to the SC GOP, and their Freedom of Information Act request cites that email.

In the previously submitted email sent to the SC GOP, the "To" and "From" fields of the message, and sender's name in the signature portion at the end of the note, have been covered up so they would not be disclosed.

The FOIA request filed by SC GOP Chairman Matt Moore today reads: "This is a request for access to public records pursuant to the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Please make available to me, in un-redacted form without "white out" or covering up the "From" and "To" fields, the document attached as "Exhibit A." The FOIA does not allow a public body to make selective disclosures unless it can rely on one of the exceptions explicitly set forth in the Act. More specifically, please make available the two "public record" emails as defined in SC Code Section 30-4-20(c) with subject lines "EXTRA MACHINES" dated Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 10:10 AM and "Re: EXTRA MACHINES" dated Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:20 AM. The original email was sent from an unknown "Voter Representative."

McBride was named Director of the Richland County Board of Voter Registration last week.

Related: Lillian McBride Now Director of Voter Registration

Following that announcement, News 19 confirmed with SLED that an investigation into the Richland County Elections Commission is currently underway.


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