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Richland County election board chair steps down

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The chair of Richland County's election board has stepped down because she no longer has confidence in the executive director's ability to manage the elections office effectively.

After a surprise announcement during Monday night's election commission meeting, Liz Crum submitted her resignation letter to the county's Legislative Delegation chairman late Tuesday morning.

"My loss of confidence in Ms. McBride based upon my personal observations regarding the conduct of the election on November 6, 2012 and its aftermath," wrote Crum, who also said her decision was also due in part to Steve Hamm's report on the election.

Crum said the planning and conduct of the election was not acceptable. Voters waited in lines at polling places for up to 7 hours. Many frustrated citizens left before voting or didn't even show up.

"What we can do is to make sure that Richland County never has such poorly planned and conducted elections again," wrote Crum. "In my view, this involves a change in the directorship of the office."

"I feel strongly that Ms. McBride should no longer serve as executive director and that the Board needs to conduct an open, thorough and transparent search for a new director who has strong management skills."

"McBride is a friend, we've worked together since 1998, it's a very difficult decision, but I think it's the right decision," said Crum Monday night.

Crum said she's heard the complaints from poll managers like Peter Kennedy, who's attended every meeting since the election fiasco.

"I would like to see the blame laid where it belongs, whomever that might be," said Kennedy. "We just need to say these people messed up and because they messed up these other things happened, so I want to see that happen. Secondly I'd like to see the people that did not do their job correctly replaced with people that will do their job correctly."

The board did not take any action, but other voters who were at the meeting say they want any decisions made to be based on facts, and they don't want one person to take the fall for a bad system.

"I think we all need to take a step back and let Mr. Hamm finish his investigation," said concerned voter Percalee Morris.

Crum had served on the election commission for approximately 14 years.

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

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Richland County's legislative delegation
    110 votes
    Lillian McBride, director of the election commission
    1546 votes
    The employee who misinterpreted the voting machine spreadsheet
    41 votes
    Nobody had the power to prevent the problems that occurred
    31 votes
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