After serving a combined 14 years on both the Richland County Election Commission and the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, Liz Crum has resigned. Crum, who served as the board’s chairperson, first announced her intention to resign Monday night. Tuesday, her resignation letter made clear she was not happy with management at the Richland County Election Commission. “I have lost confidence in Ms. McBride’s ability to serve as Executive Director and to manage the office effectively,” she writes.
Crum went on to say she feels, “strongly that having a new Executive Director is the only way that the confidence of the voters and poll workers in Richland County can be restored.
Crum said she feels strongly Ms. McBride should no longer serve as Executive Director and that the board needs to conduct an open and thorough search for a new director.
Tuesday afternoon state lawmakers reacted. “I think her resignation sends a loud statement to those of us that have been following this very, very closely that things are not in order there,” says Senator Joel Lourie, D- District 22. Also weighing in, Republican Representative Nathan Ballentine. Ballentine says Crum listened to the overwhelming voices of Richland voters and he felt she understood changes were needed.