With less than two hours left for some Rock Hill residents to vote in the Ward 5 City Council election today, voter turnout has varied at the eight polling places set up around the southern side of the city.
At the Northside voting precinct on Annafrel Street, just three people had voted by about 4 p.m. Poll workers said 140 people were registered to vote at the Northside precinct.
At Rock Hill's City Hall, the No. 2 precinct, 46 people had voted by 4:15 p.m. Poll workers said 935 people were registered to vote there.
At the Edgewood voting precinct on Russell Street, 84 of 1,829 registered voters had participated by 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Rock Hill Councilman Osbey Roddey was one of those voters at the Russell Street location.
After 24 years on the City Council, Roddey is retiring from office. Three Rock Hill natives are competing for his Ward 5 seat.
The candidates on the ballot today for Ward 5 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
Roddey's advice for whoever wins today's election, he said, is to focus on her district's issues but not forget to serve the entire city of Rock Hill.
While only Ward 5 residents can vote in the Ward 5 election, the successful City Council candidate should remember that she owes an "allegiance" to all Rock Hill residents, Roddey said.
The Ward 5 seat is the only contested position in this year's election.
The 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.
The polls will be open until 7 p.m. tonight. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Voters will be asked to show photo identification at the polls.
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
Provisional ballots for those voters without a photo ID are available. And, election officials are providing free voter registration photo ID cards at City Hall on Johnston Street until 7 p.m.
Elections officials said 75 voters had stopped by the photo ID card booth by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to receive a free card.
Many of the precincts reported that no voter had needed a provisional ballot on Tuesday to vote without a photo ID.
For information about photo ID's and voting, 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