“As many of you have heard and are aware of, I was fired last week, Sept 3, by my former supervisor, Mrs. Shirley Black-Oliver.”
This is how Princess Lang, a 14-year former employee of Voter Registration, started her press conference earlier today.
“Over the last two years there have been a series of systemic issues that I have questioned my supervisor about,” continued Lang. “A series of things I saw as unethically and morally wrong.”
The press conference, hosted by the SC Racial Justice Network, took place in front of the very building that Lang worked at for 14 years. Her reason for termination? According to Lang, it was because she wasn’t afraid to speak up against criminal activities in her office. A few of these criminal activities, allegedly committed by Director Shirley Oliver-Black, were:
“October 2018 [was when I submitted] my very first complaints to the Clarendon County Elections Board in regards to the unfair treatment Mrs. Black-Oliver started showing towards me,” said Lang. “[This treatment came after] I told her that her niece was behind on her work.”
Speaking of her niece, Lang reported on several alleged incidents of nepotism by Oliver-Black in the Voter’s Registration office. Including:
Lang submitted all of these alleged crimes to the State Election Commission, where she says nothing was done.
“There were several issues addressed in my letter to the State Election Commission,” said Lang. “And, yet again, I was ignored.”
Lang delivered this press conference in front of a small crowd beside her legal representation, Robert McFadden, as well as SC Racial Justice Network President, Elder James Johnson.
“Our next step is a press conference at the State House on Monday,” said Johnson. “I feel like she has a strong case.”
After the conference was over, Lang felt a relief wash over her.
“I had to fight back tears,” said Lang. “Like I said, 14 years is a long time, and I’m a single mother. It feels like a weight has lifted.”
As for Shirley Black-Oliver, the Clarendon County Voter Registration Office released this statement to The Manning Times:
“The Clarendon County Voter Registration Office is aware of certain allegations made by a former employee. The employee’s separation from employment is a personnel matter and the Office of Voter Registration will not comment on the matter.
As to the allegations of voter fraud made by the former employee, the Office of Voter Registration has not received any reports of voter fraud from any individual. Any person with knowledge of voter fraud should contact the Office of Voter Registration and any evidence of such should be turned over to the appropriate authorities.
With the upcoming election, the Office of Voter Registration is committed to making sure that every Clarendon County voter will be able to vote, and every vote will be counted in a fair and unbiased manner.”