SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Write-in votes will be counted in the May 7 election for mayor and three Town Council seats, the Election Commission decided today.

The ruling has particular significance in the race for mayor because Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Perkis is the only official candidate on the ballot. Last week, two-term mayor and long-time Councilman Carl Smith confirmed that he was a write-in candidate for mayor.

Smith said that he decided at first not to run for re-election but changed his mind because another candidate whom he thought would come forward for the office did not. Supporters asked him to be a write-in candidate, he said.

Perkis said last week that he welcomed the competition.

At the brief commission meeting, the issue of counting write-in ballots was the only item on the agenda.

“What we wanted to do today is to assure the voters that the votes will be counted,” said commission Chairwoman Robie Scott, who is community relations manager at The Post and Courier.

In addition to the mayor’s race, four candidates are on the ballot for three Town Council seats.

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