Shift to council wards in capital city among election issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus would shift from a council of seven at-large representatives to a mixed system that includes council members elected by district under an issue that’s before some voters in Ohio’s special elections.

Issue 1 in the capital city would change a system in place since 1916. It would create a 13-member council, with 10 members elected by district and three at-large. The proposal also would require the council to add two districts each time the city grows by 150,000 residents, up to a maximum of 22 districts.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office says 27 other issues for are up for a vote Tuesday.

They include school levies in Coshocton, Lorain and Sandusky counties and village or city income tax issues in Cuyahoga, Stark and Summit counties.