Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Richland County Election Commission has recommended that the soon-to-be former county elections director get a new position in the same department.
The board voted Wednesday to create the job of deputy director, and recommended that Lillian McBride be selected to fill it.
This new position would put McBride in charge of voter registration and absentee voting--very similar duties to what she had prior to becoming election director in 2011. She would earn a salary of $74,600 a year, a reduction of over $10,000 in pay.
Just days ago, McBride announced she would resign as the Richland County Election Director after November's Election Day debacle. Her resignation becomes effective January 12th, and the new salary would take effect at that time if she's hired.
Dr. Jasper Salmond was named interim director until a new person can be hired. Salmond must decide if he will act on the board's recommendation.
"The motion really was a directive from the board and we carry out the directives of the board," said Salmond. "We're working with the board to arrive at a structure that would help to bring, or help restore a public confidence in the agency."
In her resignation letter, tendered last week, McBride said she fully accepted responsibility for what happened on November 6th, when some voters had to wait as long as seven hours to vote. She also said she hoped she could continue with the voters registration and elections office in some capacity.
An interim report prepared by the election commission's attorney said that over 200 fewer machines were at the polls on election day than recommended.