Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Supreme Court says they will hear a protest challenging the results of the Richland County Sales Tax Referendum.
The tax passed after the November 6th election.
Michael Letts filed the petition on behalf of a group called Citizens for Better Government in Richland County. He says the county Board of Elections ignored a state statute requiring at least one voting machine to be in use for every 250 registered voters, which caused for long wait times. As a result, Letts says at least 9,000 people were unable to cast ballots.
He says had those people been able to vote the outcome of the penny tax vote would be different.
Letts says taxpayer money is now being used to cover-up the mistakes and taxpayers need answers.
"We were promised that this debacle would be cleaned up and yet now we look at the end results and what has happened the people in charge not only have they not been removed but they have been allowed the opportunity to stay and given additional responsibilites," Letts says. " In essence they have been rewarded and we have seen time and time again the political structure is more concerned about protecting it's own intity then the citizens of Richland County."
Letts ran for county council and lost to incumbent Jim Manning. His appeal on those results was denied by the Richland County election board.