The $59 million bond referendum to support the Richland County library system was pushed to easy victory by high turnout and high support within the city, according to a State newspaper analysis of election data.
In more than a dozen precincts in downtown, more than 75 percent of the voters supported the referendum, which will fund systemwide upgrades and improvements and be repaid over 20 years.
Turnout in the city was pushed by key races for the mayor’s office and city council seats. The combination of high turnout and high support helped the referendum win by a 65-35 margin.
Another area that showed strong support for the referendum was the St. Andrews area, where the Broad River Road branch will be upgraded with a teen space, 12-student learning lab, two tutor rooms and a big community meeting room with a kitchen.
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Less-enthusiastic support for the measure came from Northeast Columbia, where most precincts around the Sandhills branch supported the measure between 50 to 70 percent.
Not everyone was in support, obviously.
Voters in the Blythewood area came out against the measure, as did voters in the Lake Murray/ Ballentine area.
Click on the map to see how voters in each precinct voting on the measure. The locations of library branches are marked with yellow pins. Click here to open the map in a new window.