Two of nine council candidates off the ballot

WINNSBORO – Nine candidates have filed for three seats on Fairfield County Council for the Nov. 3 election, but only seven made the cut.

Quincy Pringle, who filed for District 4, and Tony Armstrong, who filed for District 6, did not turn in a sufficient number of valid signatures of registered voters in their districts to qualify for candidacy, and will not be on the ballot.

Pringle, one of three candidates who had filed to challenge Councilwoman Bertha Goins in District 4, turned in 153 signatures. He needed 103 signatures of registered voters in his district to get on the ballot. Debby Stidham, Director of Fairfield County Voter Registration, said Pringle turned in only 95 valid signatures.

“We had to reject 58 of his signatures for various reasons,” Stidham said. “Eight had insufficient information, 15 were not registered to vote, 27 were signed up for the wrong district and 8 were signatures of inactive voters.”

Armstrong ran into the same problem in his challenge to unseat current District 6 Councilman Neil Robinson who chairs the board.

“Mr. Armstrong needed 118 signatures,” Stidham said. “He turned in 97 valid signatures and also turned in 58 signatures that were rejected.”

Seven of signatures Armstrong submitted had insufficient information, 23 were not registered, 15 were out of district and 13 were inactive, Stidham said.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Sat., Oct. 3. For information about voter registration or voting, call the Fairfield County Voter Registration office at 803-635-6255.