Richland County, SC — Your Nov. 18 editorial “State, not county boards, should run elections,” was correct in its conclusion and justification: Elections should be run at the state level because so many positions are statewide or based in multi-county districts. However, your statement about who created what is not relevant to the matter.
The basic principle for use here is subsidiarity, where jobs are assigned to the most local level that can be effective. The state, not the county, is clearly the proper level for elections for statewide and multi-county positions.
Finally, state legislative districts cross county lines not by design, but because federal law has overridden our state constitution. Our state constitution requires our Legislature to have county-based legislative districts, apportioned to each county by population for the State House, and one per county for the state Senate.