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Nearly a month after Richland County's botched election, we are still in the dark as to exactly how this mess happened, who's responsible, and what measures will be taken to make sure it never happens again.

In spite of investigations by County legislators and the SC election commission, we still have no closure. WIS has spoken to poll workers who claim election officials knew weeks before the election that there would be a shortage of voting machines, and yet Director McBride says the whole snafu was due to one of her employees misinterpreting directions about how to allocate those machines.

We need accountability in this matter. It's not about laying blame, it's about someone taking responsibility for this screw up and formulating a plan to prevent such a debacle in future elections. What's at stake is the public confidence and assurance that their voting privileges are respected and insured. It's unfathomable that people had to walk away from their right to vote due to long lines caused by insufficient and broken machines. There is no room for cronyism and political maneuvering in this matter. We need answers and resolutions…pure and simple.

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