Georgetown Co. election official under investigation for stealing, damaging Trump signs resigns

Georgetown County News

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) — The Chairman of the Georgetown County Board of Elections who is under investigation for stealing and damaging campaign signs resigned Wednesday.

Members of the Georgetown County Republican Party and the 7th Congressional GOP said they met with a man who wanted Trump campaign signs put in his yard, according to the incident report.

When the signs kept disappearing, the man put a deer camera in his yard and captured Rita Granito Smith, the wife of Georgetown County Board of Elections Chairman Dean Lyle Smith, taking one of the signs and writing “Dump” on another, deputies said.

Dean Smith was identified as the person who drove his wife to vandalize the signs, according to the incident report.

The person who provided the photos to the Georgetown County Republican Party and 7th Congressional GOP sent them anonymously via text message, deputies said.

Jason Lesley with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said larceny and vandalism charges were filed against the couple. SLED is investigating the incident, according to Tommy Crosby.

“In order to not be a distraction during the very important upcoming general election, I resigned from the board at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today,” Dean Smith said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more information.

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