A judge has given Richland legislators about a week to resolve their legal problems with the make-up of the county elections board.
During a closely watched, 15-minute hearing, Judge Thomas Cooper urged the Richland County legislative delegation and its last-minute lawyer, Alex Postic, to move quickly. He said he expects a solution before April 1.
“It just can’t linger, Mr. Postic,” the judge said. “It’s too important to the citizens of Richland County.”
Last year, Cooper ruled in a separate lawsuit that the 2011 merger of the county elections and voter-registration offices were unconstitutional because they were done by a local law. Friday, Greenville lawyer Jim Carpenter and his client Rusty DePass asked the judge to force the board to stop functioning.
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The judge, though, took that request under advisement and placed the onus on Postic to submit a proposed order both sides could agree upon.