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State Rep: Lillian McBride should be fired

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State Rep Nathan Ballentine listens to Liz Crum and Lillian McBride explain what went wrong on Election Day. State Rep Nathan Ballentine listens to Liz Crum and Lillian McBride explain what went wrong on Election Day.
On Election Night, Lillian McBride looks at several PEB's from polling locations across the county. On Election Night, Lillian McBride looks at several PEB's from polling locations across the county.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Citing repeated pleas from constituents and residents of Richland County, State Representative Nathan Ballentine says the executive director of the Richland County Election Commission should be replaced.

Ballantine issued a statement Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the county's election board voted to accept the power over who has the authority to fire Lillian McBride.

"Like most voters, when it comes to this Election Day mess in Richland County, I have simply heard enough," wrote Ballentine. "Thousands of Richland County voters were disenfranchised and no amount of apologies will fix that."

Because of severe voting machine shortages at most of the county's 124 polling places, voters waited up to seven hours in several precincts on November 6. Many didn't even wait in the long lines and weren't able to vote.

McBride's only explanation for the mess was that a staffer misread her handwritten notes on a document that was to determine how many voting machines were to be deployed to each precinct.

"While it has not been proven that any type of conspiracy actually took place, many Republicans, Democrats and Independents were, and still are adversely affected by the complete mismanagement of the process before, during, and after the November 6th election. Voters are angry and the only thing everyone agrees on is that this should never happen again."

"I feel it is time to replace the Executive Director of the Richland County Election Commission.  If the other members of the Richland Delegation and the County Election Board listen to our citizens, I believe they will come to the same conclusion."

"While there may be uncertainty about who can actually make the personnel decisions that will be needed, I'm certain and hopeful changes will be made.

In addition to personnel changes, Ballentine said county precinct sizes should be reduced and the General Assembly should re-visit the early-voting debate.

"I am eager to support measures that will protect the integrity of each person's ballot being cast prior to and on Election Day," wrote Ballentine.

Ballentine, a Republican, represents House District 71, which covers parts of Richland and Lexington Counties.

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  • Who is responsible for Richland County's election meltdown?

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    Richland County's legislative delegation
    7%
    110 votes
    Lillian McBride, director of the election commission
    89%
    1545 votes
    The employee who misinterpreted the voting machine spreadsheet
    2%
    41 votes
    Nobody had the power to prevent the problems that occurred
    2%
    31 votes
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