City Council Primaries, Special Elections Set For May Ballot

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Ohio Voting Sticker(Photo: WOSU)
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The Franklin County Board of Elections is gearing up for the May 7 primary. However not every precinct will have an election because there’s no county-wide issue on the ballot.

Voters can visit the Franklin County Board of Elections website to view a sample ballot for their precinct. A little more than 600 precincts will have balloting, while just under 200 will not.

All or part of 611 precincts will be open for voting in Franklin County but 193 others will not because there were no local issues or just not enough candidates to require a primary, according to Ben Piscitelli, the board of elections spokesman.

Piscitelli said several cities will have elections for seats on their city councils.

We’re going to have primaries in Columbus, Hilliard and Reynoldsburg for city council; and there will also be about 13 special elections for issues and five liquor options throughout the county.

Piscitelli says voters will have the usual options of in-person early voting or they may vote by absentee ballot.

We will begin mailing absentee ballots on Tuesday April 2, which is the start of absentee voting here in Franklin County and you’ll also be able to vote early here in person at the board of elections. But you have to request an absentee ballot to receive one in this election; we aren’t mass-mailing as we did in the general election.

Early voters can cast their ballots in person at the board of elections located at 280 East Broad Street. Early voting begins Tuesday April 2 and continues weekdays through Friday May 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may cast ballots on Saturday May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Registration must be completed by April 8 to vote in the May 7 primary.