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Absentee voters key to fate of District 2 election

Apr 5, 2010 12:23:00 PM - thestate.com
The Justice Department?s decision on whether to approve to-morrow?s District 2 Columbia City Council election could come down to 59 voters who voted before the election was on the ballot.

District 2 City Councilman E.W. Cromartie resigned March 9 after he was charged with not paying his federal income taxes. City Council members voted March 10 to schedule an election on April 6 ? tomorrow ? to replace him.

Tuesday also is election day for the mayor?s seat, as well as City Council seats for at-large and District 1. Elections for those seats will be held as scheduled.

But before the Richland County Election Commission could put the District 2 race on the ballot, 59 District 2 cast absentee ballots in the election for mayor and at-large, according to Lillian McBride, chairwoman of the Richland County Board of Voter Registration.

Because the law prohibits voters from casting more than one ballot, those 59 District 2 voters had to sign waivers giving up their right to vote a second time in the election. Those 59 voters have received separate ballot for the District 2 election, McBride said.

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