Date set for new election in Florence city council district two race


A new election for people who voted at Ward 9 for Florence City Council District Two will get the chance to vote again on July 31, according to the S.C. State Democratic Party Board of State Canvassers of Municipal Elections.

The Board ordered a new election following a seven hour protest hearing on the Florence City Council District Two in Columbia two weeks ago.

LaShonda Nesmith-Jackson, who lost last Tuesday's election to incumbent Pat Gibson Hye-Moore, filed a protest asking for a new election.

She lost to Hye-Moore, who gained 711 votes to Nesmith-Jackson's 572 votes, according to Florence County Voter Registration and Election Commission Director David Alford.

The ruling only allows the 92 people who voted at Ward 9 or the Boys and Girls precinct and actually live in the district to cast ballots in a new election.

Nesmith-Jackson said people a total of 218 votes were cast in the election at Ward 9 and 126 of those voters didn't even live in the district, but were somehow allowed to vote.

Hye-Moore's attorney Steve Wukela filed a motion to dismiss the protest altogether, but the panel denied it.

Both woman said they're confident of a win come July 31.

A copy of the order for the new election is below:

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