Voters will decide Tuesday who will be the next Ward 5 representative on the Rock Hill City Council, succeeding 24-year Councilman Osbey Roddey.
Rock Hill natives Nikita Jackson and Ann Williamson-Morrison are in a run-off election.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone standing in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Ward 5 includes many homes and businesses in southern Rock Hill, such as those along Albright Road and Saluda Street and 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.
In an Oct. 15 election, Jackson received 150 votes and Williamson-Morrison received 138. A third candidate, Mildred A. Moore, received 135 votes. Municipal election rules call for a run-off when no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the votes.
Only 6 percent of Ward 5’s eligible voters cast ballots two weeks ago, with 421 people voting and two people casting absentee ballots.
All eligible Ward 5 voters can vote in the run-off election, including those who did not vote in the Oct. 15 election.
It was the first election in Rock Hill in which voters were asked to show photo identification at the polls. Election officials reported no issues related to the new Voter ID law.
A booth will be available at Rock Hill’s City Hall while polls are open today to provide voters with free photo ID cards. Officials have said all registered voters in Ward 5 will be allowed to vote, even those without acceptable photo ID cards.
The Ward 5 race is non-partisan. The winner will begin her term in January.
City Council members receive a yearly salary of $16,348, effective next year.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068