Richland County rehires election director


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Richland County officials have rehired the woman criticized for the voting problems in November.

County officials on Wednesday said Lillian McBride will hold the newly created job of deputy director of voter registration, with a salary of nearly $75,000 a year.

That's nearly $15,000 less than she made as director of elections, the post she held in the November elections when some voters waited in lines seven hours to cast their ballots.

An independent investigation concluded not enough voting machines were deployed to the county's precincts.

McBride resigned as elections director earlier this month.

Board of Elections & Voter Registration chairman Allen Dowdy says there is no job description yet for McBride. But Dowdy says the reorganization of the department will save taxpayers money. He did not explain how.

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