Special election for strong mayor decided by Columbia City Council

September 18, 2013 

— UPDATE: Columbia City Council votes to hold a strong-mayor referendum Dec. 3 – if a citizens' petition is certified by county election officials

--previous reporting

Richland County’s elections chief hopes to know by 5 p.m. Wednesday whether Columbia residents will vote on a strong mayor question.

Director Howard Jackson’s office has been verifying for the past several days signatures on a petition to ensure that they are actually those of registered Columbia voters.

If signatures of at least 15 percent of the population are verified, a referendum would be held sometime within 30 to 90 days.

Dawn Hinshaw

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