Group to call for re-do in Richland Co. election - - Columbia, South Carolina

Group to call for re-do in Richland Co. election


Several voters, candidates, and public officials plan to hold a news conference Monday morning to make their case for new elections in Richland County.

Michael Letts, who lost by over 4,000 votes to county council incumbent Jim Manning, is the driving force behind a group which believes the county broke state laws when organizing and operating Tuesday's election.

In a news release, the group cites the county's distribution of voting machines causing "thousands of voters to be unable to participate in the election process" as one of several reasons they believe another election should be held.

In addition, they say voting machines did not allow voters to vote straight-ticket and then change to a candidate of a different party and machine shortages occurred in areas, according to penny tax increase opponents, where voters were likely to oppose the tax increase.

That measure passed by a margin of approximately 10,000 votes.

The group plans to gather at 11:30 a.m. in front of the county administration building at 2020 Hampton Street in Columbia.

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