Well my issue was fixed by replacing the electric ignition switch. Like I said above, it was a huge pain to replace- especially since I did it late at night and outside- but that finally did solve my problem. Now... I am still not sure what caused the original switch to blow apart like it did. And I ended up having to replace the battery about a week after i replaced the switch. Ever since then I've been smooth sailing.
Good to hear. I replaced my ignition switch as I was skeptical of it. It wasn't that hard to replace, but unscrewing the two little screws that hold it did take some patience. But that didn't help my issue