The Richland County Election Commission has received a final report on the botched November election.
The attorney hired to look into went wrong, Steve Hamm, built on his previous reports that there were two few working voting machines available and too little oversight by former elections chief Lillian McBride, who resigned but was hired back in a new supervisory position.
Hamm stressed that the public's trust must be renewed in the elections process, and he recommended that the new elections director, Howard Jackson, be required to give monthly reports to the Commission so there's better information sharing on staff activities and the latest number of registered voters.
Hamm also said improved monitoring and maintenance of voting machines is a must so they're ready to go and fully deployed on Election Day.
He said a former part-time staffer's decision to reduce the number of voting machines available for November 6th was serious, and he's passed that information on to law enforcement for review.
Hamm also suggested lobbying state lawmakers for longer voting hours on Election Day – say, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. – so no one should have to wait longer than one hour to cast a ballot, unlike November, where some waited seven hours and others just gave up and left.