It's almost laughable how screwed up the past election was. The one that was rated as one of the 3 worst executed elections in America by Duncan Buell at USC who analyzes voteing patterns. MIT Political Scientist Charles Stewart says Richland County voters probably suffered through some of the longest wait lines in our nations modern history. The average time to vote in America was 18 minutes. The longest average for a state was 39 minutes. The average for Richland county voters was around 3 hours. Voter turnout was the lowest in a Presidential election year since at least the 2000 election. Last election had 76 percent of eligible voters show up while this one only had 61 percent, leading most to assume that 10 to 15% of people who wanted to vote just gave up in disgust.
And then there was the problem with votes being found for days after the election. Like this batch discovered on December 2nd a full month after the election was over.
Of course you know by now that the Director of the debacle, Lillian McBride could only be hired by the election commision by violating our state constitution.
The State newspaper pointed that out in their subtly entitled piece "Constitution schmonstitution". Then they realized they didn't have the power to fire her. So we had to hire an attorney to look into how would one go about firing someone who reports to no one. Well that attorney's bill is in and it cost us $72,423.10 for that info. We also have to pay another attorney $9,461.25 for making sure mushbrain...I mean McBride, had her rights protected. There's some other legal fees thrown around in there too for investigating our election and the total bill comes to a little over $152,000.
So you got a billion dollar tax increase passed by 9,345 votes or less than 3% when 10-15% didn't vote. You paid the lady who ran the election into the ground more money than any other county in the state and made her one of the highest paid election officials in America. BTW you're still paying her well above what most people make in her new job at $74,600. And she just screwed you again with another $152,000 bill. I mean Lillian is costing us more than Tiger Woods ex and we didn't have nearly the fun he did!