Richland County Elections Attorney Steve Hamm and his team have been working to resolve the issues that caused problems for Richland County voters; many stood in line for hours to cast their ballot on November 6. It also took officials weeks to certify the results. Hamm addressed the Richland County Elections Board Wednesday afternoon providing board members with a detailed report about what went wrong on election day.
“I was disappointed in this board. Am I criticizing you, no. But if you’re going to hire me to have an opinion about this process, I’m surprised you all didn’t have meetings, regular and ongoing meetings, starting the summer before the election on a regular basis and asking questions and you didn’t,” said Hamm. Hamm says the biggest problem on November 6 was the “lack of appropriate number of voting machines assigned to each precinct.”
Hamm also presented several solutions on how to fix the voting process. “I’ve already suggested that the general policy that the board ought to adopt, direct to the staff, is when in doubt, round up so we can have the higher number of machines rather than the lower,” said Hamm.