The city of Upper Arlington's Issue 34 passed, according to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, by a count of 12,763 votes in favor (70.11 percent) to 5,440 votes against (29.89 percent), with all 33 precincts reporting.
The vote brings the following amendments to the charter, a legal document that defines the city government's structure, functions and procedures:
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 interactions 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.