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      Agreement reached, accepted with new Richland County elections director

      The new director of the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office will start June 24.

      RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH / AP) - The new director of the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office will start June 24.

      The Richland County Board of Elections & Voter Registration made the announcement Wednesday, saying the an agreement with Howard Jackson has been made and accepted. His starting salary will be $78,000.

      Jackson was named the new elections director in May. He was chosen by the Board of Elections & Voter Registration last month to replace Lillian McBride, who resigned earlier this year.

      Jackson was the only candidate for the job after two other finalists withdrew.

      The released from Richland County states, "Jackson plans to become a resident of Richland County and has assured the Board that he intends to devote full-time and attention to the position of Director of Elections & Voter Registration for Richland County."

      Jackson spoke to The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg on May 26 to respond to a previous article in The State newspaper detailing how he currently works as Orangeburg County's election director, as well as spending 16 hours a week working as a U.S. Air Force reservist and 40 hours a week as CEO of HoJac Enterprises Inc., which helps repair houses for needy seniors.

      Jackson says none of the extra work affected his job the past five years in Orangeburg County.

      The November election was plagued by a shortage of voting machines, long lines, frustrated voters, misplaced ballots and $130,000 in legal bills.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)