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Tom Chafin and Laurie Morrison each vote at Riverview Park on April 30 for the North Augusta City Council election. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations related to the election. 

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is looking into the April 30 election in North Augusta. 

The agency received a "request to investigate some allegations that involve that election," said Thom Berry, Freedom of Information Act coordinator with SLED, on Wednesday.

"We began our work in the middle of May, and that work is continuing," Berry said. 

On April 30, North Augusta residents voted to fill three City Council seats during the municipal election. Incumbent Bob Brooks and newcomers Kevin Toole and Eric Presnell – all Republicans – won the seats. 

Also running were three candidates from the Constitution Party: Dave Leverett, Stetson Corbitt and Elizabeth Jones. 

According to data posted by the city following the election, 5,430 residents voted in the election. 

Berry did not reveal the reason for the investigation. 

North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said Wednesday that to his knowledge, SLED has not reached out to the city's election commission. 

Michael Pace, a fourth Republican candidate who did not move past the primary, said he filed a complaint with the Department of Justice regarding people being removed from areas near the polls. Pace added that he did not do anything wrong during the process.

"It's unfortunate that the election process was tainted with corruption, however after looking at the way the city has been running for many years it doesn't surprise me," he said.

Pace also mentioned an issue regarding votes cast in the Republican primary and the Constitution Party convention.

Toole said Wednesday he didn't have any thoughts on the investigation, adding "I don't have any more info than what has been reported already, so I'm waiting to see what else comes out like everyone else."

Presnell said he has not been approached by SLED. 

"I don't think there was any wrongdoing. I've done everything by the book," he said.

Brooks said he did not have a comment on the investigation.

Emails and phone calls to the North Augusta Constitution Party have not yet been returned.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.