Columbia, SC — How would South Carolinians feel if our senators and representatives in Washington appointed the State Election Commission? And how would they feel if they found out they had to pay their salaries and had no say in giving them supervision and direction?
That is just what the Richland County legislative delegation is doing for Richland County, and the whole process stinks. It would appear that the situation is designed to allow our legislators to exert their influence over the election process, with no regard to the abilities of these folks to properly conduct elections.
When the wheels fell off the wagon in the November 2012 election, the folks in charge could not determine who had the authority to correct the mess. Worse, the person in charge was not dismissed for the incompetent way the election was handled, but moved to a newly created position of second in charge and retained a $74,600 salary. A new director was put in place, despite published reservations, and the county was again subjected to a flawed election process. Now that director steps forward and issues charges of misconduct, including meeting in closed sessions, against most of the current board members.
When will someone step up to the plate, get to the bottom of this unnecessary mess and clean house? Who will accept the responsibility? Who will be held accountable?
F. Cal Dent Jr.