Columbia voters will elect a mayor and three council members Nov. 5. We asked voters what they see as the key issues in the city.
Shanna Sheppard, 53, works for the office of Student Life at the University of South Carolina. She plans to vote in the city elections in November and thinks more power should be given to the mayor. As for the qualities she’d like to see in a mayor, “integrity, sound growth policies and accountability” top her list. Sheppard said she also would like to see more development in the areas around Bull Street and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse off Devine Street.
Saturday is the deadline to register to vote
Saturday is the last day to become eligible to vote next month in local elections in Lexington and Richland counties.
Those 18 and older who are not registered can qualify in person, online or by mail to be able to cast a ballot Nov. 5.
Information also is available at election offices in Lexington County at 605 W. Main St., Lexington, and in Richland County at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia. Both are open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mail-in registration forms – available at many state, county and municipal facilities – must be postmarked by Oct. 5.
In-person or by mail requires a current valid photo ID or another proof of residence, such as a utility bill. Online registration requires a driver’s license or other DMV-issued identification.
For more information, go to www.sc.votes.org.
Jamie Osborn, USC School of Journalism