Now that the general election is over, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. We are proud to announce that the State Election Commission again granted the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office a good audit with no exceptions.
That means all votes were counted or accounted for. This is important for you to know, because it demonstrates that we heard your concerns, and instead of viewing those concerns as criticism, we used them as opportunities to improve the voting process in Richland County.
We believe we have made improvements: We have initiated checks and balances and other accountability measures. We give our voting machines yearly preventive maintenance. Our election night reporting system is efficient and has measures in place to help ensure that all votes are counted. We also have a thoroughly trained staff of poll workers. However, we will continue to have some problems on every Election Day even with all the accountability measures and checks and balances in place. I have been told on several occasions that no election is perfect or even near perfect.
Although it appears from all accounts that the Nov. 4 general election was successful, we can do better.
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As interim director of the office, I would be remiss if I did not publicly acknowledge and thank those who helped to make this happen: the Board of Commissioners, the office of the county administrator, Richland County Council, the State Election Commission, the many departments located at the Richland County Office building, the staff of the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office and the numerous Election Day workers (absentee processors, call center staff, greeters, polling location technicians and poll workers) whose commitment and hard work were critical in ensuring that we hosted a smooth, fair and accurate election.
As we turn our attention to 2015 and beyond, we want to assure you that we will continue to collaborate closely with the voters as we review our election processes, developing best practices and procedures in order to continue to improve the electoral process in Richland County.
Interim director, Richland County Elections and Voter Registration