The chair of the Richland County Election Commission Board Allen Dowdy told the county delegation that he is stepping down when his term is over in March.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The chair of the Richland County Election Commission Board, Allen Dowdy, told the county delegation that he is stepping down when his term is over in March.

"If we took a vote today there would be a no confidence in this board," said Representative Joe McEachern.

There has been a cloud over the Richland County elections commission since 2012 and some say that cloud is getting darker.

Monday the board voted to fire Howard Jackson as the director.

Tuesday Jackson lodged allegations of misconduct with the board.

Wednesday the board named one of their members, Samuel Selph as the interim director.

Now Dowdy is stepping down as the chair at the end of his term next month and with two vacancies on the board McEachern says the delegation needs to take quick action.

"Going forward to get the confidence of the citizens of Richland County, I just don't see this board being in place for that to happen. The legislative delegation needs to look into its options to replace the board and go forward so we can get the confidence and the trust of the people back."

The big question now is, can there be an election in the county that has a board with two empty seats.

"That's a legal question that we are searching now, with the decisions that the board is making is that putting in jeopardy the political process and that hasn't been answered as of today but we are continuing to search for that answer."

McEachern is also questioning why the board selected one of their own as the interim director.

The delegation will be accepting applications to fill the empty seats until Friday, March 6th.

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