Lillian McBride accepts responsibility for election debacle, submits resignation

Richland County Elections Executive Director Lillian McBride
Richland County Elections Executive Director Lillian McBride

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Embattled Richland County Election Commission executive director Lillian McBride has submitted her resignation to the commission.

In a letter dated Jan. 3 from her attorney to the commission, McBride relinquished control of the commission and took the blame for what happened on Election Day.

McBride and other members of the county elections commission were criticized after voters were forced to wait as long as seven hours to vote.

"In taking this action, I accept fully the responsibility for what occurred during the election on November 6, 2012," said McBride in the letter.

The ex-director says she hopes her actions will help restore confidence to commission and election protocols.

The board voted to accept that resignation, and also bring in Dr. Jasper Salmond to replace McBride on an interim, part-time basis.

Salmond is a member of the Richland One School Board, and will not be considered for the full-time position because he is "not interested", according to the board.

In late December, a majority of the members of the legislative delegation signed a resolution asking McBride to tender her resignation or face an elections commission vote to remove her.

The move came days after Representative Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) said McBride's attorney, John Nichols, told the delegation of McBride's intent to resign during a closed-door session on December 19. However, later that day McBride sent an email to the media stating that any discussion of her resignation was entirely premature and erroneous.

Nichols then informed the delegation on December 21 that she would not step down and would "continue to execute duties of her office until the elections board decides otherwise."

McBride's resignation is effective Jan. 12, 2013.

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