Upper Arlington voters will have just one local issue to decide on Election Day, a proposed charter amendment that would bring with it nine changes if passed.
For those who haven't voted early, Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be the day to go to the polls.
The Franklin County Board of Election will hold ballot voting from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and there will be a number of Congressional, statewide and county issues to decide.
Locally, there are no offices up for election and the only item specific to Upper Arlington will be Issue 34.
Issue 34 proposes nine amendments to the Upper Arlington City Charter, the legal document that defines the city government's structure, functions and procedures.
Although there are nine proposed changes, voters will either approve them or reject them via a single ballot issue.
The changes were proposed after a Charter Review Commission met from January through early June. Upper Arlington City Council approved putting them on the
Issue 34 proposes changing following charter sections:
Section II -- to state that Upper Arlington City Council may determine the effective date of any ordinance, resolution or other measure.
Section III -- to clarify language related to which legislative acts are subject to referendum, consistent with current council rules.
Section IV -- a recommendation to amend how a vacancy on City Council is filled, setting parameters for the appointment timeframe following a vacancy, and election requirements if the appointment is made before June 30 of the last two years of an unexpired term.
Section V -- to extend a conflict-of-interest provision for council candidates and council members, disqualifying them from eligibility to serve as city manager, city attorney or city clerk for at least two years following an election or the end of their term on council.
Section VIII -- to remove a specific time of day requirement on the day that council members are sworn in to office.
Section XI -- to remove a requirement that written notices of special meetings must be physically delivered to council members' homes and permitting electronic notifications instead.
Section XI -- to authorize council's use of consent agendas and to clarify the requirements for holding executive sessions, pursuant to state law and city ordinances.
Section XII -- to clarify the permitted interaction between council members and city staff.
Section XIV -- recommends that the clerk of courts no longer reports directly to council, since this position is now overseen by the city manager.