COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Budget writers in the South Carolina House don’t want the State Election Commission to have the final decision on choosing the state’s new voting machines.
The House Ways and Means committee agreed to transfer $40 million that could be used to buy new voting machines from the Election Commission to another agency.
Lawmakers told The State newspaper they’re waiting to pass a resolution that would give the State Fiscal Accountability Authority the final say on which machines to buy. The authority is made up of the governor, treasurer, comptroller general and the leaders of the state House and Senate budget committees.
Critics say the Election Commission isn’t taking its time. They also worry about Commission director Marci Andino’s relationship with one of the companies being considered.