Richland County elections chief is sorry for mess

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:26 a.m.

COLUMBIA — The woman responsible for running elections in Richland County has apologized for the long lines during this month’s election.

Elections and Voter Registration Director Lillian McBride promised the county’s legislative delegation Monday that she will get to the bottom of the problems and make sure they never happen again.

Several lawmakers demanded specifics on why there weren’t enough machines, causing waits of more than five hours to vote. Each time, McBride told them she didn’t have answers and apologized again.

McBride did say it appeared a worker read the wrong column on a spreadsheet. She also said the county suffered an unusual number of battery failures in its machines, which haven’t been explained.

The county also struggled to count votes, certifying results a week after the rest of the state.

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