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.
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.
Libertarian Jim Berns, who sent a hand-written letter to the Hamilton County Board of Elections yesterday, saying he was withdrawing from the Cincinnati mayor's race, told the board today that he wants to be a candidate again.
But, board officials say, there is a legal question over whether Berns could withdraw from the race in the first place.
Tim Burke, the chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, told WVXU that the board's lawyer told the board there is no provision in the Cincinnati city charter allowing candidates to withdraw.