COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Richland County has fired the elections director it hired eight months ago.
The board voted 4-1 Monday to fire Howard Jackson from his post as director of the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration Office.
Jackson said he would hold a news conference Tuesday at noon to discuss his dismissal.
Jackson was hired last year after problems in the 2012 general election, where there were too few voting machines placed at polling locations and some people waited as long as seven hours to vote.
Previous director Lillian McBride was demoted.
But more problems developed in Columbia and Richland County voting last November, when officials discovered more than 11-hundred votes had not been counted.
Jackson had been the director of elections in Orangeburg County before he was hired by Richland County.