State police have started an investigation into allegations made by the former director of Richland County's elections office.

A spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division says SLED's probe comes at the request of the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

About a month ago, county Elections Director Howard Jackson was fired after continued problems with the county's elections process.

Jackson then made claims that the elections board illegally meddled with the operations of the office, and that politics was involved.

Meanwhile, officials say the county Board of Elections and Voter Registration has now split into separate board after a judge ruled the joint set-up was not valid.

And heading up the Voter Registration Office again is Lillian McBride.

She resigned as elections director, Jackson's former position, after being blamed – and admitting responsibility – for several problems that plagued the November 2012 general election.