Pelzer annexation petition meets certification, barely

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By David Meade

The Anderson County Election Commission certified the annexation petition turned in by the Town of Pelzer last week, with two certified signatures of registered voters to spare. Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe said that the petition for annexation was turned over to the Anderson County Election Commission for certification last week with 199 names on it.

By the time the names were checked and certified, the list had 147 qualified signatures. They needed 145 to meet the state reguirements to hold a referendum election on the issue of annexation.

According to Holcombe, twenty-two of the signatures were not registered, twelve signatures did not match and eleven were inactive.

Pelzer Town Council will hold a special called meeting this Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall offices to vote on a resolution verifying the petition as valid.

The official resolution will be sent back to the Anderson County Election Commission for the Election Board to act on during their meeting at 4:30 p.m. on April 4. The County Election Board will then set the date for the annexation election, which will be June 9.

The special election will be held at the Community Building which is the normal polling location for voters in the Pelzer precinct.

The proposed area of annexation is the entire Pelzer voting precinct.