There have been countless community forums and neighborhood meet-and-greets and thousands of handshakes at public events.
Some candidates are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Others say their campaigns are less about money and more about the personal touch.
But with two longtime members stepping down, this is an election that will help reshape Columbia City Council.
Daniel Rickenmann, elected in 2004 to an at-large seat, is not running again. Neither is Belinda Gergel, who is finishing up her first term representing District 3.
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In District 2, Brian Newman is seeking his first full term after being elected two years ago in a special election.
The election this year falls in what is for many a holiday week. And there’s no mayoral race on the ballot. That means few people could show up at the polls to chose who will spend your tax dollars, address public safety and help to determine how Columbia grows.
That means every vote counts. Have you made plans to get to the polls?
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.
Where to vote. The bottom of your voter registration card will tell you which precinct you live in and where you normally go to vote. Some smaller precincts have been combined, however, so be sure you know where to go. A link to an updated list of polling places can be found at the top of this page.
On the ballot. Voters across the city may cast a ballot for an at-large council representative. Residents of Districts 2 and 3 also may vote for a representative from their district.
Not sure if you live in one of those districts? Check the bottom of your voter registration card under “city council” or check out our maps of council districts 2 and 3. You can also go to South Carolina’s elections website, scvotes.org, and click on “find your polling place” to see if you live in Districts 2 or 3. Districts 1 and 4 are not on the ballot this year. Some people’s council districts have changed as a result of the 2010 census.
What to bring. Bring your voter registration card. If you are newly registered and have not voted before, you should also bring a bank statement, a bill or a pay stub that shows proof of residency.
What not to bring. You will not be allowed into a polling place while carrying a campaign sign or wearing a campaign shirt, hat, button or sticker.
Absentee voting. You may vote absentee in person at the county voter reigstration office, at 2020 Hampton St., until 5 p.m. today. All mail-in absentee ballots obtained by the end of last week must be received in the office by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.
Runoff. A runoff election will be held April 17 for any race in which a candidate does not win an outright majority, meaning 50 percent of votes cast plus one additional vote. If you were eligible to vote in a race on April 3 but you didn’t, you may still vote in a April 17 runoff.
Tuesday’s weather should be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high is expected to be in the mid-80s.