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Jackson signs contract as Richland County Elections Director

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Howard Jackson has signed a contract with the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration as the agency's new director.

The board announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement with Howard, paying him $78,000 annual salary. As part of the deal, Jackson, who lives in Orangeburg County, agreed to move to Richland County.

Howard also agreed to forego several other jobs to work full-time for Richland County. While working as the director of elections in Orangeburg County, Howard worked in several other positions, including real estate agent.

Howard was the only candidate remaining for the job one month ago after two other candidates withdrew from consideration.  Neither of them were qualified to certify election results in South Carolina.

While overseeing elections in Orangeburg, Howard and the elections agency were investigated by SLED, but the investigation found no wrongdoing.

The Board of Elections and Voter Registration began its search for a new director after Lillian McBride was fired and assigned to another position with the agency.  The board decided to make changes after the 2012 November election, in which some Richland County voters had to wait as long as five hours to cast ballots.

Howard starts work on June 24th.

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