TODAY IS ELECTION DAY

Election Day: Voters in Richland, Lexington counties go to the polls

Voters in Richland, Lexington counties go to the polls

November 4, 2013 

Columbia voters will decide Tuesday who will lead the city.

Voters will decide Tuesday who leads the city of Columbia in the first city election held in November.

Columbians will pick between incumbent Steve Benjamin and Councilman Moe Baddourah for mayor. Three council seats also are on the ballot.

Key races

In addition to city of Columbia races, other key races and issues to watch:

•  The Richland County library is asking county voters for permission to borrow $59 million for systemwide improvements. Each facility but Eastover, updated earlier this year, would get meeting space, and new libraries would be built in Ballentine and Northeast Richland County. The cost to taxpayers if approved? For the owner of $100,000 home, $12 to $14 a year.

•  In Blythewood, three council seats – one for two years, filling an unexpired term, and the other two for four-year terms – are on the ballot.

•  Voters in Arcadia Lakes will elect a new mayor, with the incumbent retiring. Two council seats also are on the ballot.

•  Up to six Lexington County municipalities could have new mayors after Tuesday’s vote. At least two mayors are guaranteed with the retirement of incumbents in Batesburg-Leesville and Pelion.

•  Voters in three Lexington County municipalities are considering ballot measures. The issues? Chapin, Sunday sale of beer and wine in stores; Lexington, road tax increase in Golden Hills neighborhood; and Pine Ridge, tax hike for fire hydrants

At the polls

• Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Check the bottom of your voter registration card for your polling place or go thestate.com/elections to find a list.

• Bring your voter registration card. Voters also will need to provide photo identification: a S.C. driver’s license, S.C. Motor Vehicles ID card, S.C. voter registration card with a photo, federal military ID or a U.S. passport and a VA card. Voters who forget to bring their photo ID may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if they show their photo ID to the Election Commission prior to certification of the election. Voters who can’t get a photo ID need to bring their non-photo voter registration card -- the old card without photo. They can vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating they have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID, said Chris Whitmire of the State Election Commission. The ballot will count unless someone proves to the Election Commission that the voter was lying on the affidavit.

At thestate.com

•  Check with thestate.com during the day for election updates – along with race results after the polls close at 7 p.m.

•  Problems at the polls? Share your story by calling (803) 771-8416.

Inside today

•  A recap of The State’s endorsements. A9

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