Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The new director of elections in Richland County has yet to case a vote, but says his storage space for voting machines could hurt his ability to do so.
"The county has done a good job of repairing the warehouse, however, it still leaks. There's still insulation hanging from the roof," said Howard Jackson. "So, it's not very good working conditions."
Jackson spoke about the conditions during an elections board meeting Tuesday. He said members of county council and the County Administrator have toured the warehouse recently.
The board didn't advertise the location of the warehouse, saying security there is cause for concern.
"If anyone goes to the warehouse, they can see, use good judgement, and see that where we're currently storing this valuable equipment is not adequate," Jackson said.
According to Jackson, some elections office staff spend 6 to 8 hours a day at the storage site where almost a thousand machines are stored.
Jackson says as the county grows, they'll need more space for machines and that the space should be climate controlled.
"If you have technology that's not stored in climate controlled conditions, it may not work properly," he said.
Jackson admits he really wants for all elections operations to be under one roof. He groups Charleston, Greenville, and Richland County together, and says Richland County is the only urban area without a central elections hub.
"Everything is housed under one roof," he said. "They do training on one site. When poll managers pick up equipment, they do it on one site. On election night, they can bring stuff back to one location."