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A push to change voting is underway in Florence

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - There is a push to change the way candidates in Florence run for office and, ultimately, the way residents vote.

“Florence has been this way since forever, as most cities have been non-partisans forever. In government, what I have learned in my tenure is that it’s hard to change the status quo,” said Florence City Councilman Robby Hill.

His ultimate goal is to make elections non-partisan in the city of Florence. This means residents would not be locked into only voting Republican or Democrat during primary elections, like many did just last month.

Hill is trying to do that through a series of community meetings he will host starting next Thursday, July 28.

“We should ask our leaders, 'Why we can’t change this method? Why can’t we choose a better method that’s better for our community and makes it easier to run for elected office?'” Hill said.

Cities like Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Columbia already hold non-partisan elections.

Hill said switching to a non-partisan system would even the playing field and give voters more rights.

“A lot of people were unable to elect the mayor and the state Senator for District 31 on June 14 because both the races were decided that day,” he said.

More importantly, Hill added a greater number of people interested in running would have the power to do so, regardless of their backgrounds.

“What I’m noticing is that in this long election process, money wins the race, not necessarily hard work from the person who wants to become your next elected official,” Hill said.

On July 28, at 6 p.m., at the Florence County Library, Hill will try and answer questions about updating Florence’s election cycle.

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