Officials say enough petition signatures have been certified to proceed with a referendum proposing a change in the City of Columbia's form of government.
Richland County Elections Director Howard Jackson says 11,757 signatures of eligible voters were verified on a citizens' petition calling for the referendum.
That's nearly 700 more than the 15-percent of registered voters required.
The referendum asking if voters want to change from a strong-city manager form of government to a strong-mayor form will occur in a special election on December 3rd.
Columbia City Council had previously voted twice against holding the referendum.
But when supporters presented the petition signatures, a majority of Council members decided in favor of putting the issue on the ballot if the required number of signatures could be validated.
However, Council decided not to hold the referendum at the same time as the regular municipal election on November 5th because some members felt there would not be sufficient time to educate voters about what's involved in switching to a new form of government.