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      More than 12,000 signatures demanding a vote on the Mayor-Council form of government

      Volunteers for the group "Let Columbia Vote" delivered four boxes containing petitions signed by more than 12,000 registered voters who are demanding a vote this election on the Mayor-Council form of government.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Volunteers for the group "Let Columbia Vote" delivered four boxes containing petitions signed by more than 12,000 registered voters who are demanding a vote this election on the Mayor-Council form of government.

      The group has asked for the City Council to immediately pass the ordinance to let the city vote.

      People of the city were denied the right to vote for the strong mayor system less than a month ago by the City Council on a 4-3 vote.

      Mayor Steve Benjamin stated then that he would continue the push for a referendum to be on the November 5th ballot.

      With more than enough signatures being collected, the law now requires the City of Columbia to conduct an election not before October 10, 2013 (30 days before) and no later than December 10, 2013 (90 days from now).

      A strong mayor system would allow the mayor to exercise legislative, executive, and administrative orders in the city.

      The Columbia City Council willl hold a Special Called meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:15pm at the Eau Claire Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue to consider an Ordinance setting a special election for Change of Form of Government.