Rock Hill City Council candidates Nikita Jackson and Ann Williamson-Morrison will face each other in a run-off in two weeks as they continue to vie for the city's Ward 5 seat.
Unofficial results show Jackson captured 150 votes, including one absentee, and Williamson-Morrison captured 138 votes on Tuesday.
Candidate Mildred A. Moore came in a close third taking 135 votes, including one absentee.
York County election officials have not yet certified election results. That's expected to happen on Thursday.
To avoid a run-off election on Oct. 29, one candidate would have needed 50 percent of the votes, plus one.
Jackson claimed about 35 percent of the votes while Williamson-Morrison held 33 percent.
Williamson-Morrison claimed second place over Moore by a margin of three votes.
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From earlier today:
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 were asked to show photo identification at the polls.
Anna Douglas 803-329-4068