County election board weighs outcome protests

dhinshaw@thestate.comDecember 3, 2012 

Voters wait in lines at Rice Creek Elementary School to vote.

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— The Richland County election board will hear three protests today against the Nov. 6 results.

At 9:30 a.m., the board hears from Michael Letts, who is protesting the penny sales-tax results. The tax passed by a 6,591-vote margin, receiving 52 percent of the vote.

Next, Letts protests the results in County Council District 8, where he lost to incumbent Jim Manning. Letts received 31 percent of the vote to Manning’s 69 percent.

Lastly, the board will hear from Celestine Parker, disputing the results in council District 7, where she lost to Torrey Rush. She received 18 percent to Rush’s 82 percent.

Garry Baum, deputy director of the elections office, said the board would be expected to rule after the hearings.

Dawn Hinshaw

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