Several North Augusta residents, including a city council member, said they received ballots without the Sunday alcohol sales referendum on them Nov. 6.
City council member Arthur Shealy went online a few weeks prior to the election after a constituent asked for a copy of the referendum and found two sample ballots for North Augusta precinct No. 67. Only one of the ballots had the referendum on it.
Cynthia Holland, the executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections, said the difference in the ballots was based on where the voter lives.
“For people who are in the city limits, they should get it,” she said on Nov. 6 of the alcohol-sales question.
Those who live outside the city limits did not have the question on their ballot.
The difference, however, prompted Shealy to ask about it when he arrived to vote at the precinct at Riverview Park Activities Center.
“Before I even started, I said I needed to know if the alcohol referendum was on it,” he said by telephone.
When he requested the ballot with the referendum on it, “my poll manager asked me if it was really important for me personally to vote on this issue. I reminded him that I am on city council,” Shealy wrote in a Facebook post on Election Day, urging other city residents to be sure to ask for the ballot with the alcohol referendum on it.
After a poll manager called the elections office, Shealy was given the correct ballot.
Voters were urged to let the poll manager know if they thought they received the incorrect ballot, Holland said.