ROCK HILL — Voters in southern Rock Hill will go to the polls today to determine who will succeed Osbey Roddey, who is not seeking re-election after 24 years on the City Council.
All eight voting precincts opened at 7 a.m. with no problems, elections officials said. Polls are open to 7 p.m. Anyone who is in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Candidates vying for the open City Council's Ward 5 seat are:
• Nikita Jackson, a sales representative with Agape Medical Mart
• Mildred A. Moore, a retired teacher and English professor
• Ann Williamson-Morrison, a retired flight attendant
The Ward 5 district includes many homes and businesses in southern Rock Hill, such as those along Albright Road and Saluda Street and those near South Pointe High, Saluda Trail Middle, Oakdale Elementary and Sylvia Circle Elementary schools.
Parts of Crawford Road, Heckle Boulevard and downtown Rock Hill also are part of Ward 5.
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols and councilmen John Black from Ward 4 and Jim Reno from Ward 6 are running unopposed for re-election. They and the winner of the Ward 5 election will start new terms in January.
A run-off election might be needed to determine a winner in Ward 5, if no candidate earns 50 percent of the votes, plus one.
With three people running, a run-off is possible, said Wanda Hemphill, York Countys elections director. If needed, the run-off election would be Oct. 29.
Rock Hill's City Council elections are non-partisan races.
Absentee voting was available but only a handful of absentee ballots were turned in, Hemphill said.
Ward 5 is home to 7,222 registered voters, but voter turnout for local elections is typically low.
In the last Rock Hill City Council election in 2011, about 16 percent of the nearly 6,500 registered voters in Ward 2 the only contested seat cast ballots. In 2009, just 4 percent of registered voters participated when Reno was the only incumbent facing opposition.
Todays election is the first for which Rock Hill voters will be asked to show photo identification at the polls.
S.C. after lawmakers passed the law in 2011, and a federal court upheld it last year.
Acceptable forms of identification are:
• S.C. driver's license
• ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
• S.C. voter registration card with photo
• Federal military ID
• U.S. passport
All registered voters even those lacking an acceptable photo ID at the polls will be allowed to vote, Hemphill said.
Provisional ballots and more information about voting without a photo ID will be available at the polls.
Hemphill and her staff will operate a photo ID card machine today in Rock Hill while polls are open. Free photo ID cards are available at City Hall for registered voters.
For information, call the county elections office at 803-684-1242, or email email@example.com
Voters can check their registration status and find other information online at scvotes.org.
Check back after 7 p.m. Tuesday for updated results after the polls close.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068