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Today is Election Day. Northeast Columbia voters face a slew of choices. Here’s a look at what to expect:
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11:40 a.m.: Turnout tops 36 percent at Nelson Elementary
Turnout at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School is 941 so far.
That's 36.6 percent of the voters registered there, the poll manager told Patch.
The line is long, but at least they're warm. The entire line fits inside the school.
11:35 a.m.: Long line at St. John Neumann Catholic School
The line wrapped around the school and down the sidewalk.
10:45 a.m.: Administrator Returns to "Claim Victory"
Monica Elkins, Richland School District 2 candidate, came to "claim victory" at Ridge View High School (see photo).
She was an assistant administrator there and said she thought it was only fitting for her to return there for her victory.
7:55 a.m.: Show Us Your Sticker
You got up in the dark. You waited in line. You cast your vote.
Now, show off your "I Voted" sticker with your neighbors.
You deserve it.
7:35 a.m.: Getting the Word Out
Greeters from the Chamber of Commerce are raising awareness about the 1-cent sales tax.
Berry Still is one of more than 100 greeters who want to "make people aware of the option."
7:30 a.m.: Polls Open, Lines Forming
People started lining up early in Richland County this morning.
At the Richland County Elections Commission, people were already waiting by 6 a.m.
At Blythwood High School, a line was down the sidewalk by 6:55 a.m.
In line at the polls? Send us a picture HERE!
State House District 78
Incumbent Joan Brady (R) is in a battle with Democratic challenger Beth Bernstein. As Election Day neared the race grew increasingly nasty. The candidate Compare to the two candidates on the issues HERE and their fundraising figures HERE.
Richland County voters will vote whether or to increase the county sales tax by a penny in an initiative that could generate $1 billion for transportation projects. For more on the measure click HERE.
Richland County Council 2
A Richland photographer, a Republican, is running against incumbent Joyce Dickerson, a Democrat.
Richland County Council 7
Torrey Rush, a Richland County lawyer, is running against Republican Celestine Parker. Rush beat incumbent Gwendolyn Davis Kennedy in the 2012 primary.
Richland County Council 8
Incumbent Jim Manning will run against Republican Michael Letts to represent the northern part of the county. One hot-button issue is the free chicken sandwich giveaway. See Letts' letter to the editor and Manning's response.
Richland Two Board of Trustees
Seven candidates qualified for the Richland Two Board of Trustees. They are elected at large. Candidates include Susan Brill, Regina Lyles Corley, Monica Elkins, Calvin Chip Jackson, John Chief Propst, Jennifer Richter and Stevie Johnson.
The three candidates with the most votes will be elected.
On Oct. 16, six of the candidates participated in a forum at the Richland Two Auditorium. See what they said here and here.
Gary Watts is running unopposed as Richland County Coroner.
Leon Lott is running unopposed as Richland County Sheriff
Clerk of Court
Jeanette McBride is running unopposed as Clerk of Court.