Approximately 3,000 Cincinnati voters who have already been mailed absentee ballots will be getting a second one in the mail soon, thanks to an Ohio Supreme Court decision last week.
They'll also be getting a letter from the Hamilton County Board of Elections asking them to re-vote their new absentee ballots and return them to the board.
It's all because the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the board to restore sections of Issue 4, the charter amendment that would change the city of Cincinnati's pension system. The pro-Issue 4 committee had gone to court to force the change.
Yes, Cincinnati has a costly and contentious mayor’s race going on.
Yes, there is a mob of 21 candidates scrambling to win one of nine seats on city council. And, yes, there are plenty of controversial issues, from the streetcar to the parking lease to the city’s woeful pension system, for the candidates to argue about.
And yet, the truth is, there are clear indications that Nov. 5 will see the lowest turnout election in Cincinnati in many a decade. Maybe ever.
And what is the particular tea leaf we can read that would lead us to this conclusion?
Ohio's top court says Hamilton County must amend its ballot language on a Cincinnati charter amendment ahead of the November election.
The Supreme Court Thursday ruled the county must include omitted sections of the proposed amendment to reform the city's employee pension program. The group Cincinnati for Pension Reform put the issue on the ballot but objected to the modified language adopted by the Board of Elections.
Today is the deadline for Ohioans to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.
Voter registration forms can be downloaded at MyOhioVote.com, a website operated by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, and are available from local boards of elections and other designated agencies, such as public libraries and offices of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
If voters have moved since the last election, they should act today to update their voting addresses online at MyOhioVote.com.