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Judge may rule on Columbia election today

Mar 19, 2010 12:41:00 AM - thestate.com
Columbia City Council schedules an election but makes it impossible for voters to register to vote in that election.

But if council were to reschedule the election 27,000 people would not have representation when council members decide how to spend $106 million in taxpayer money next year.

Those are some of the issues before Circuit Judge James Barber, who is being asked to decide when the city can hold an election to replace former District 2 Councilman E.W. Cromartie. Cromartie resigned last week amid charges he did not pay his federal income taxes and lied to the IRS about it.

Barber heard arguments Thursday morning, later telling attorneys he would try to issue a ruling today.

Lawyers representing two District 2 residents laid out their cases for Barber at the Richland County courthouse.

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