Municipal elections on ballot this Election Day

Municipal elections on ballot this Election Day

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's Election Day in South Carolina, but not everyone has to go to the polls today.

Most ballot items are municipal elections. Among the most significant in the Midlands is the vote for West Columbia Mayor.

In Columbia, voters will select a Council Member for the At-Large seat. Five candidates are challenging incumbent Cameron Runyan for his seat.

In Lexington County, voters will decide races in West Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Pelion, Pine Ridge, Summit, Springdale, Swansea and Batesburg-Leesville.

The Town of Irmo also is on the ballot for Richland County residents who live there, along with Arcadia Lakes and Blythewood.

In Calhoun County, the Towns of St. Matthews and Cameron have general elections. The Town of Blythewood has a general election in Fairfield County. The Town of Bethune's general election is today in Kershaw County. In Newberry County, the Town of Pelion general election is today.

In Orangeburg County, voters living in the Towns of Branchville, Elloree, Eutawville, Neeses, North, Rowesville, Springville and Norway have general elections. In Orangeburg, voters will decide on School Board Trustees.

The Town of Monetta general election is the only one for Saluda County voters. And in Sumter County, only the Town of Mayesville general election is on the ballot.

For federal elections, voter turnout is about 65%. In state elections, normally about 50 to 60% of registered voters show up.

However, during the last municipal election in Lexington County in 2013, there was only a 16% turnout.

Elections officials say every vote counts.

"Regardless of whether it's a big, small, federal, state, county, municipal, whatever it is, everyone should vote because it's very, very important to get out and vote because your vote does count," said Lexington County Director of Elections Dean Crepes. "In the past I've had elections that were really decided by one vote."

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Because of the reduced races, polling places may have changed. Click here for a link to find your precinct's voting location.

Voters who live in Richland County can call 803-576-2240 if they have questions.

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