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Attorney prepares for hearing on election debacle

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In his old job as state Consumer Affairs Director, attorney Steve Hamm spent plenty of time in the public spotlight.

What he does over the next few weeks could bring Hamm at least as much if not more attention.

 Hamm is in charge of a top-to-bottom review of the events leading up to Richland County's bungled November 6th election--one of the most controversial in recent state history.

He will conduct a detailed exam of complications including the county's failure to send out enough voting machines--a phenomenon some critics believe was deliberate.

He will have to figure out what caused many of those machines to fail, often due to battery problems.

Hamm says his report might also include claims that family or political ties were a factor. And how much of the blame should be borne by Richland County Elections Director Lillian McBride.

In addition to providing details on the legal opinions Thursday, the meeting agenda indicates some discussion of a"waiver of executive session and other information" regarding former elections director Mike Cinnamon, who was removed from that job after more than 35 years of running elections in Richland County.

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