Early this morning, Doug Ross expressed his displeasure that the sales tax referendum for transportation had passed in Richland County.
Well, maybe and maybe not.
I got an email from the campaign pushing for a “yes” vote at 12:54 this afternoon, saying:
Friends and Leaders,
Some of you have asked about the results of the penny referendum from yesterday’s vote. As you may know, we are still waiting on the count from 20 boxes across the county and the absentee ballot.
You all will be the first to know as soon as we hear!
Which brings me to my topic. If Richland County leaders are ever to hope to win any trust from the people who voted “no” on that referendum purely because they don’t trust the effectiveness of the aforementioned Richland County leaders, then they need to get to the bottom of what caused the outrageousness of people — including Mayor Steve Benjamin — still standing in line to vote into the middle of the night. As the mayor said on the telly last night (or was it in the wee hours of this morning? I forget), if this were a statewide problem, that would be one thing. But this stands out as an utter failure in Richland County.
Who was responsible? Whose job was it to carry out the simple, obvious task of making sure the machines worked at some time before 7 a.m. Tuesday? What will be done going forward to make sure this never, ever happens again.
I hope to learn some answers soon.