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Director: State preparing two ballots on Columbia strong mayor


The counting will continue Tuesday as Richland County elections officials are still trying to verify signatures from a petition asking the City of Columbia to hold a referendum on changing the city's form of government.

County Election Director Howard Jackson says the state is working to prepare two ballots for Columbia's Nov. 5 elections if the petition is certified by his office. One ballot would have the question on if Columbia should change to a strong mayor government and the other ballot would not have the question.

The petition must have the signatures of 15 percent of the city's voting population, or just over 11,000 people, in order to be certified. The petition's organizers submitted the petition late last week and said they had over 12,000 signatures.

The City of Columbia has already sent the language for the question to the state Elections Commission.

Columbia City Council voted 4-3 in favor last week on first reading to an ordinance that would put the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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