The “Richland County Robbery” isn’t your typical crime story. For starters, the amount stolen – $1.2 billion – is obviously quite significant. Then there are the thieves who perpetrated this heist, a corrupt cabal of state legislators and their bought-and-paid-for underlings.
How’d they pull it off? Easy … they simply ignored a law regarding the number of voting machines required at each precinct. As a result thousands of voters (most of them in white, anti-tax precincts) were disenfranchised via wait times of up to seven hours.
Yeah imagine if that had happened in a black district … on a vote to lower taxes by $1.2 billion.
Anyway, the “robbery” – the most flagrant example of voter suppression we’ve ever seen – was upheld last week (without comment) by the S.C. Supreme Court.
Why’d they do that? Because the court – appointed by a “Republican-controlled” legislature – is slightly to the left of the Obama administration (which makes it not unlike our state’s “Republican-controlled” legislature).
Anyway, after several days of silence on the issue the state’s political parties are starting to address the fallout from the court’s ruling.
Alex Stroman, executive director of the S.C. Republican Party, told FITS that SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly was opposed to the controversial decision.
“Chairman Connelly has been consistent since Election Day 2012 in calling the Richland County election debacle exactly what it was: at best, gross negligence and at worst, voter suppression,” Stroman told FITS. “Even though voters had once rejected the increase, on a day when many voters had to leave hour-long lines because of county incompetence, the issue passed. Michael Letts and the Citizens for New Elections were absolutely right in challenging the results of the tax-increase and should have been given their day in court – unfortunately it seems that will not be the case.”
Meanwhile in a prepared statement the S.C. Libertarian Party took things a step further – calling the court an “accomplice to the perfect crime.”
“The election was rife with irregularities,” the SCLP statement noted. “The installation of Richland County election officials by the legislative delegation was questionable at best. The failure to discipline irresponsible election officials afterward is also worthy of investigation. At the very least, the election commissions of Richland County and the State should have ordered new elections to preserve faith in the democratic process.”
“The questions remain: Is our Supreme Court guilty of complicity in the perfect crime against the taxpayers?” the SCLP release continued. “Has it rubber stamped bureaucratic irregularities to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars?”
The S.C. Democratic Party (SCDP) did not immediately respond to our request for comment on the “robbery.”