Cincinnati City Council “Possibly” to go to 4 Year Terms for Council Members
Voters have doubled the term length for Cincinnati City Council members from two to four years – unless provisional ballots come back strong against the measure.
Tuesday night’s election results showed Issue 4 passing by just 2,183 votes, a less than 2 percentage point difference. In all, 61,191 people voted for and 59,008 voted against the measure.
An automatic recount would occur if the difference is less than half of 1 percent of the total votes cast on the measure. Right now it would not qualify for a recount, but Tim Burke, co-chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said roughly 15,000 provisional ballots were cast Tuesday, which could change the outcome.
If it ultimately passes, the charter amendment will take effect after next November’s council election. The amendment would not alter council’s term limit, which remains eight years. For more information go here.