Some who live in Richland County say it will take consistency with elections to regain the public's trust. Interim Director Samuel Selph says that this election is a step in that direction.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Some who live in Richland County say it will take consistency with elections to regain the public's trust. Interim Director Samuel Selph says that this election is a step in that direction.
"We want to do the things in this county that will make people have respect for us again. I think that won't happen until we are able to have an election where we have no problems, all the votes are counted and that confidence will continue to grow," said Selph.
Selph emphasized the fact that the Blythewood special election was a test. That test is ultimately to be prepared for the June primary.
"This is a test run and I hate to keep saying that but we have to do this until we get it right. Moving on from today we go to Eastover, then the primary on June 10th that is all we are doing. We are putting things in place that will ensure the integrity of the vote here in Richland County."
Hearing that voters have no confidence in the election process in the county is something that troubles Selph.
"I wish people wouldn't say that, I wish people would get behind the Richland Election office and support us, we have made some mistakes in the past but when people make mistakes you try to rally around them and give them support that they need to move forward. Those mistakes have been corrected and so we are ready to move forward."
Selph hopes that when they send all the certified results to the state election commission no errors will be found.
The next test for the embattled commission will be on June 10th.