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Penny Tax Winning So Far in Incomplete Results

6:12 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A proposed penny tax in Richland County is winning--at least in results released so far.

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, "yes" on the referendum had 54 percent of the vote, while "no" stood at 46 percent. In actual numbers, almost 9,000 votes separated the two choices.


Only about 83 percent of the vote has been totaled, however, because of delays in voting in Richland County. Some precincts saw voters waiting as long as six hours to cast ballots, and hundreds were still voting hours after the polls closed at 7 p.m.

The backlog meant the county couldn't count the majority of the 40,000 absentee ballots. The election commission was set to resume counting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The penny tax is designed to go to several projects throughout the county, including helping to fund the local bus system.


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