Charleston to move elections to Election Day 

Occasionally running a week ahead, the city tries to conform with the norm

Don't worry municipal candidates, you'll have an extra week of campaigning in the City of Charleston.

The City Council is expected to approve a measure this month that would move municipal elections from the first Tuesday in November to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Most years, the two dates are one in the same. But it would have put 2011 city elections on Nov. 1 as opposed to Nov. 8, when other municipalities, including North Charleston, head to the polls. The move is an effort to conform with state election standards.

It's rare that the two election dates have differed — the last time there was a mayoral race a week ahead of Election Day was 1983.

City Council will weigh first reading on the proposed change tonight in Council Chambers. Final approval could come later this month.


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