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“Richland County Robbery” Keeps Rolling




Another week, another round of excuses from the bureaucrats and elected officials who brought us the “Richland County Robbery” – a shameless and flagrant example of election fraud geared around the passage of a $1.2 billion sales tax hike.

Here’s a quick boilerplate summation for those of you unfamiliar with how things are done in South Carolina …

Two years ago, efforts to pass this $1.2 billion tax hike in Richland County, S.C. failed by just 600 votes.  Dead set on getting their money, Republicans and Democrats on the county legislative delegation took over the local election commission in 2011 and installed their own election director – who of course is all sorts of connected to the tax hike movement.


When Election Day 2012 rolled around, there were mysterious shortages (and malfunctions) of voting machines in precincts that voted heavily against the tax increase two years ago – leading to seven hour wait times in some precincts.  These shortages and malfunctions resulted in an election being conducted in violation of a state law that mandates at least one operable voting machine per every 250 registered voters. Understandably, thousands of people were forced to give up their bid to cast a ballot – and thanks to this illegal voter suppression, the sales tax hike passed by a 52-48 percent margin.

Who are the forces behind this rigged election?

Just look at the “leadership” of Richland County – and the City of Columbia, S.C. – and you’ll be able to assemble a lineup in no time.  Hell, one of the State Senators who serves on the county’s legislative delegation is the brother-in-law of one of the election commission members – one of several familial entanglements associated with this scam.

You think that this Senator – Democrat Joel Lourie – really wants answers here?

Almost as bad as the politicians who perpetrated this robbery, though, are the ones who continue to act as though this whole thing was just an instance of “incompetence” that needs to be fixed moving forward.

“The reality is apparently someone made a mistake. It happens. I get that,” S.C. Rep. Nathan Ballentine wrote on his blog. “Now, as delegation we have to fix this mess so that it never happens again.”

No, dumb ass … that’s NOT what this is about.  This is about undoing an illegal election.

Of course we have to excuse Ballentine’s ignorance on the subject given that he’s been completely tuned out – filling his large noggin’ with other things.

“I should probably thank him, I learned from Sen. Joel Lourie that I did not vote for the legislation that merged our Voter Registration and Election Commission,” Ballentine acknowledges in his blog post.  “I was absent that day.”

Huh?  We know doing his public duty hasn’t been on Ballentine’s radar lately, but it seems as though getting involved in something this essential to the free and fair functioning of our democratic processes would be worth his time.

Apparently not …

Here’s the bottom line: The “Richland County Robbery” isn’t an example of incompetence that needs to be fixed moving forward – it’s an example of criminal election fraud that must be addressed retroactively.

How do we do that?  By tossing out this fraudulently approved sales tax hike and forcing its supporters to put it back on the ballot next time.  To let these results stand is to endorse election fraud and voter suppression.