Richland County, SC — Much time was spent on trying to enact the South Carolina voter ID law to ensure that only qualified registered voters were allowed to cast votes. While the law didn’t apply in this past election, it is ironic that, due to the lack of proper management of the election process, it was qualified registered voters who were, in many cases, not able to cast their votes due to long lines and excessive waits. People cannot be expected to wait up to six hours to vote when they have jobs, family obligations and health constraints.
I am very disappointed in the stance taken by some members of the Richland County legislative delegation, giving the appearance of protecting Lillian McBride, the county director of elections and voter registration. Who was the person who recommended and backed Ms. McBride for the appointment to such an important position?
It is disgraceful that a $1 billion sales tax was passed on the people of Richland County under questionable circumstances. It would seem that a revote on that referendum would be mandated. Until this mess is resolved and qualified management is put in place, I have no confidence in the local election process.