West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Mickey Pringle has won the right to serve on the West Columbia City Council as the representative of District Five in a special election that was held yesterday. This was a “do-over” after the county’s election commission tossed out the results of the first election that was held in November.
In the general election in November, the Lexington County Board of Voter Registration & Elections decided that they would overturn the results of that election because of proof presented that there had been voting irregularities. In a meeting held a few days after the election, the board members ruled that they were presented with enough credible evidence that ineligible voters voted in that district’s election to cause them to void the result of the election.
Long term Councilperson Boyd Jones was unseated during that race by Marland Hardy Mitchell by a large margin. Mickey Pringle also received more votes than Jones in November. Pringle, however, filed a protest with the county’s board by the appointed hour. This set the hearing that was held where the entire mess was overturned.
John Carrigg, the chairman of the Lexington County board said they found enough people who had been registered in the district, but perhaps moved out and hadn't changed their registration, voted in the district in November. This would make them ineligible. There are also reports that SLED is investigating whether one person used a family member’s ID to vote in the first election.
In the special election Tuesday, Pringle again beat Jones, but this time bested Mitchell by 12 votes. The election commission had replaced the poll workers for Tuesday and retrained everyone else involved. The incumbent Jones received only 14 votes, bringing his time of service to an end.