What to know before heading to the polls in Franklin County

A pollworker wears a mask reading "VOTE" at a voting location.
A volunteer poll worker inside the Franklin County Board of Elections office last year. Early voting is available through next Monday for the upcoming Nov. 2 election. Photo: Ty Wright/Getty Images

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.

Tyler Buchanan
13 hours ago - Politics

Get to know the 4 candidates for Columbus City Council

The Columbus, Ohio skyline, with a park, river, bridges and distant buildings.
Scioto Mile Park and the skyline of Columbus. Photo by: Jumping Rocks/UIG via Getty Images

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.

Tyler Buchanan
Oct 11, 2021 - Politics

City Council asks for district map feedback

One of three proposed Columbus City Council district maps.
One of three proposed Columbus City Council district maps. Map courtesy of Council Residential Districting Commission

Does this potential Columbus City Council district map look fair to you?

Early voting season is here

Illustrated collage of a hand casting a ballot with a mailbox and laptop in the background
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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.

Congressional redistricting still stalled

Illustration of scattered red and blue jigsaw puzzle pieces.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

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.
Tyler Buchanan
Sep 27, 2021 - Politics

Meet Columbus' new (police) boss

A portrait of Robert Clark, the new Columbus director of public safety, in front of an American flag.
Robert Clark, the new Columbus director of public safety. Photo courtesy the city of Columbus

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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