The polls are open in Cincinnati, as city residents take their first step toward choosing a new mayor in today's primary election election.
Polling places opened at 6:30 a.m. and the voting ends at 7:30 p.m.
Board of elections officials are expecting a very low turnout. Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman Tim Burke, the chairman of the elections board, said this morning he believes turnout could be as low as 10 percent.
Hamilton County Commissioners could take the first steps Wednesday toward balancing the stadium fund for the next five years.
The plan is much the same as last year, but involves a different bank and a three-year deal. Essentially the board would take out an insurance policy with PNC Bank to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves.
Cincinnati voters head to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots in the city's mayoral primary. Hamilton County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sally Krisel says it's hard to judge how busy the polls will be since there have only been two mayoral primaries in the past. The election in 2001 was on September 11th, the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Krisel says turnout that day was especially low, in 2005-- 21 percent of the voters came out to vote and there was no primary in 2009.
On January 1, 2013 an 0ff-campus house caught fire, eventually killing two University of Cincinnati students. Twenty-year-old Ellen Garner, a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, and 21-year-old Chad Kohls, a 2009 graduate of Centerville High School, were killed when a space heater caught a blanket on fire. Fire investigators said later there were too many people sleeping in the Digby Avenue home than were allowed by the fire code.