Filing Opens for Special Election

BLYTHEWOOD – The filing period for candidates for the Blythewood Town Council Special Election begins at noon on Thursday, Jan. 9 and closes at noon on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Special Election, called to fill the seat recently vacated by Roger Hovis who resigned, will be held Tuesday, March 11. The seat is for the remaining two years of Hovis’ four-year term. Candidates will file at the Blythewood Town Hall, 171 Langford Road in Blythewood. The filing fee is $5.

Voting will be held at only one precinct, Blythewood Park (Richland County Recreation Center), 126 Boney Road in Blythewood, for this Special Election. The precinct will be open for voting from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Election Day.

Candidates must be qualified, registered voters within the Blythewood town limits. According to an advertisement the Town Hall published with another media outlet, at 9 a.m. on Election Day, the absentee poll managers will begin examining the absentee ballot return envelopes at the Elections and Voter Registration office, 2020 Hampton St. in Columbia. Also at that office, on Thursday, March 13, at 10 a.m., the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will hold a hearing to determine the validity of ballots challenged in the election.

Those residents of the Town of Blythewood who wish to register to vote in the Special Election must register by no later than Feb. 11.

For questions about the Special Election, call Martie Weaver at Blythewood Town Hall, 754-0501.

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