Monday’s hearing on what caused problems with Richland County’s election left many with more questions than before. Lawmakers and county council members listened and asked questions for more than three hours and some say they are still frustrated with the situation. “I went into the meeting yesterday thinking gosh, we gonna get facts, we’re gonna be able to find out exactly what happened I left the meeting having felt like I wasted three and a half hours listening to drivel,” said Sen. John Courson.
The Senate President Pro Tempore says he has never seen the level of incompetence that he believes happened with the election. “Conducting an election is not rocket science,” he said.
Now with an attorney general’s opinion telling lawmakers the firing of elections director Lillian McBride rests with the elections board, the delegation can only work on early voting, reducing the number of voters assigned to each polling location and deciding if they should turn over their authority of Richland elections to the county.