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Special election completed in Blythewood


Eddie Baughman has been elected to the Blythewood Town Council.

Voters elected Baughman Tuesday to replace Roger Hovis, who had two years left on his council term before he vacated the position to take a job with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Eddie Baughman was the only candidate named on the ballot, but James Arnold campaigned as a write-in candidate. Mayor Michael Ross says Baughman won by a 60-33 vote and the special election went off without any problems.

The election came as the Richland County Election Commission deals with internal strife after the former elections director was fired by the Board of Elections and board member Samuel Selph was installed as the interim director.

Selph says all five machines being used in Tuesday's election are just fine and voters should have confidence in the results.

"We've had some terrible mistakes. Make no mistake about that. We've had some terrible mistakes, but they will be corrected, they have been corrected," said Selph. "We're going forward. I don't see 2012 happening again and I don't see 2013 happening again, not in Richland County."

When we raised questions whether the Board could certify the result, Selph said he believed they could and would send those results to the state Election Commission.

Last year, a judge found the Richland County Election and Voter Registration Board illegal under the current law. 

Two efforts to make the board legal remain in the legislature. When we questioned if the local legislative delegation planned to meet over the matter, we were told nothing's been scheduled.

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