Ohio's general election is next week, with early voting underway in Columbus and Franklin County communities.
Why it matters: The Nov. 2 election impacts residents at the local level, featuring key races for school boards, city councils and other ballot issues.
Four candidates are running for three seats on Columbus City Council. Axios Columbus is highlighting the candidates in alphabetical order — Nick Bankston, Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Shannon Hardin and Tom Sussi.
Does this potential Columbus City Council district map look fair to you?
- Local officials are seeking public comment through Nov. 6 on the latest draft maps for Council's new district boundaries.
Early voting — both in-person and by mail — starts today, so you can now vote in the Nov. 2 general election whenever is convenient.
Details: The Franklin County Board of Elections at 1700 Morse Road is open 8am-5pm on weekdays through Oct. 22.
- Hours vary the week before Election Day.
We've seen little public progress in redrawing Ohio's congressional districts despite officials having already missed a recent deadline.
Why it matters: The results of this redistricting process will shape Ohioans' political representation in Washington, D.C. for the next decade.
- This is the first redistricting attempt since Ohio voters reformed the process via constitutional amendments in 2015 and 2018.
Columbus' new director of public safety begins work today, bringing decades of law enforcement experience to the agency overseeing the police department.
Why it matters: Robert Clark will be heavily involved in ongoing efforts to reform the police department amid contentious relations with the public and a record number of homicides.
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