City Council Ward Proposal Rejected by Columbus Voters
With over 94 percent of precincts reporting, it appears that Issue 1 has failed by a wide margin at the polls. As of 9:45pm, over 33,000 votes have been tallied against the ward proposal — a total of 71.4 percent, compared to just 13,000 in favor — a total of 28.5 percent.
“Columbus voters have spoken loudly and unambiguously – they don’t want Issue 1’s confusing, costly plan for their local government,” said Bryan Clark, campaign manager of One Columbus in a press release this evening. “Voters have also rejected the negative, sky-is-falling rhetoric of the pro-Issue 1 campaign.”
As of 9:45pm, Represent Columbus, the organization supporting of the ward proposal, has not released a statement about the election results.
Voter turnout was estimated to be just seven percent.