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Election officials report low voter turnout

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Election officials are reporting a low voter turnout for Tuesday's municipal elections, but say they haven't experienced any issues at any voting locations.

Election Day began when polls opened at 7 a.m. Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their vote. After 36 years as Charleston's mayor, Joe Riley is going for a 10th term Tuesday in a five-way race.

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At 68 years old, Riley has served longer than any other mayor in Charleston's almost 350-year history. Riley says if he is re-elected this time, it will be his last term.

The other candidates are journalist and writer David Farrow, city councilman William Dudley Gregorie, teacher Craig Jelks and restaurant manager Joshua Kennedy.

The polls close at 7 p.m.

North Charleston voters also head to the polls Tuesday. Charleston County school board member, Rev. Chris Collins is challenging Mayor Keith Summey.

Summey has been mayor since 1994. This will be his fifth term as mayor if he is re-elected.

There are also contested council races in seven other towns Tuesday including Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Moncks Corner.

Make sure you have what you need to vote at the polls. Voters need either a signed voter registration card, a South Carolina driver's license or an ID issued by the state DMV.

Visit scvotes.org for more information.

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