So far, 198 city residents have requested absentee ballots for Columbia?s April 6 elections.
For Lillian McBride, head of the county?s voter registration office, that number doesn?t reflect a rush to vote absentee in the election for Columbia mayor.
Nine people are on the ballot to succeed Mayor Bob Coble, who is retiring after 20 years.
In the 2006 race for mayor, 484 people got absentee ballots but just 428 returned them, McBride said.
This year?s city election falls during school Richland 1?s spring break, when many families travel.