NEWS

West Columbia Election Commission issues notice of election

VoteNOTICE is hereby given that the General Election for the election of the Mayor at‐large and four members of Council to represent Single Member Districts No. 2, 4, 6 and 8 for the City of West Columbia, S.C. will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Maps showing the district boundaries will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the administrative offices at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street. The election will be held on a non‐partisan, plurality basis, citywide for the Mayor and in each district for Council, according to the Ordinances of the City of West Columbia and the Code of Laws for the State of South Carolina, as amended.

Any person wishing to register to vote in said election must do so no later than October 3, 2015. Voters who are blind, physically handicapped, or unable to read or write are entitled to assistance in casting their ballots. This assistance may be given by anyone the voter chooses except his employer, an agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union. The Managers of Election must be notified if assistance is needed. Voters who are unable to enter their polling place due to physical handicap or age may vote in the vehicle in which they drove, or were driven, to the polls. When notified, the Managers will help these voters using the curbside voting provision.

Registered electors who cannot vote in person may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. The process of examining the return‐addressed envelopes containing absentee ballots will begin at 2 p.m. on Election Day at the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission at 605 W. Main Street in Lexington, S.C. Persons wishing more information concerning absentee voting should contact the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission at (803) 785‐8362.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. and the precincts will be as follows:

Precinct Location Address

West Columbia No. 1 – Brookland United Methodist Church – 541 Meeting Street

West Columbia No. 2 – Turner Memorial AME Church – 1122 Monticello Street

West Columbia No. 3 – West Columbia Community Center – 754 B Avenue

West Columbia No. 4 – West Side Baptist Church – 2100 Platt Springs Road

Hook’s Store – B‐C Grammar School No. 1 – 114 Hook Avenue

Saluda River – Our Savior Lutheran Church – 1500 Sunset Boulevard

Westover – Providence Presbyterian Church – 1112 Hummingbird Drive

Quail Hollow – Saluda River Baptist Church – 3459 Sunset Boulevard

Leaphart Road – Pineview Baptist Church – 3010 Leaphart Road

Barrier free poll – Suite 105 Lexington Co. Auxiliary Bldg. – 605 W. Main St. Lexington, SC

Absentee ballots – Suite 105 Lexington Co. Auxiliary Bldg. – 605 W. Main St. Lexington, SC

Fail‐safe – Suite 105 Lexington Co. Auxiliary Bldg. – 605 W. Main St. Lexington, SC

In order to qualify as a candidate for office and have his or her name placed upon the ballot, one must:

1. Be a resident of the City of West Columbia if offering for Mayor, or a resident of the district of the

City of West Columbia in which he or she is offering for election as Council Member.

2. Be a qualified elector.

3. File a written Statement of Candidacy with the City Clerk on or before August 28, 2015.

4. Pay a qualifying fee of $150.00 for the office of Mayor or $100.00 for the office of Council Member.

The candidate filing period begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015. Filing may be done during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Candidates must file this information and pay applicable fees to the City Clerk at City Hall during regular office hours on or before 5 p.m. on August 28, 2015. Failure to meet any of the four requirements on or before 5 p.m. August 28, 2015 will result in not qualifying as a candidate and therefore not being included on the ballot.

On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Suite 105 of the Lexington County Auxiliary Building at 605 W. Main Street, Lexington, S.C. the West Columbia Election Commission will meet to receive the preliminary election results from the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission. At 7 p.m. on November 5, 2015 the West Columbia Election Commission will hold a hearing at the West Columbia City Hall at 200 N. 12th Street in West Columbia, S.C. to determine the validity of all ballots challenged in this election and to certify the results of the General Election.

Phyllis “Cookie” Holmes, Chairman

City of West Columbia Election Commission