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SC: Embattled Richland Co. elections director quietly hired by legislative delegation

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By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

COLUMBIA — Less than a month after Gov. Nikki Haley signed a 2011 law allowing Richland County’s legislative delegation to hire a county elections director, the delegation quietly selected Lillian McBride to oversee the newly combined elections and voter registration offices at a starting salary of $85,000, records show.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Whatever happened, McBride apologized.

Since then, McBride’s annual pay has increased by $1,394 to $86,394, according to records. Now, however, the delegation’s vice-chairman says he and other delegation members were wrong to vote for McBride’s hiring in the wake of what has been described as one of the worst county election debacles in recent state history.

“In my 28 years in the South Carolina Senate … I have never seen something as simple as conducting an election as messed up as this one was,” state Sen. John Courson, a Republican and the Senate president pro tempore, told The Nerve earlier this week.

A shortage of voting machines in the county’s 124 precincts, along with numerous reports of malfunctioning machines, resulted in hours-long waits for many voters in the Nov. 6 election and reportedly caused others to not vote.

The meltdown has resulted in several lawsuits and prompted a packed delegation meeting Monday during which McBride, speaking publicly for the first time since the election, offered an apology but few new specifics about what went wrong on Election Day.

Read the full story at The Nerve.



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    FBI May Impound ‘Pro-Obama’ Voting Machines

    Despite there being evidence of massive voter fraud in the presidential
    election; despite the Obama Administration suppressing the traditionally
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    Now a movement is afoot to impound the thousands of voting machines that
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    Many local officials are calling on the FBI to do a
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