In person early voting for the Columbus elections begins today at Nexus Park.
You can vote early from 8 to 5 on weekdays and starting on October 28th you can vote early 8 to 3 on Saturdays at Nexus Park and also at the Governmental office building at Third and Franklin Streets in Columbus.
Early voting wraps up at noon on the Monday before the Nov. 7th election. On Election Day there will be 8 vote centers around Columbus where you can cast your ballot.
Voters in Columbus will see some changes to their ballots this election, because of the switch last year making Columbus a second-class city. For the first time you will also see a race for clerk as second class cities split the duties of teh former clerk-treasurer race between an elected clerk and an appointed comptroller.
You will also see nine council seats on your ballot for the first time. There will be six seats by district and three at large seats on the council after this election. All of those seats are contested races this year.
At the top of the ticket, Republican Mary Ferdon is running against independent Sean Burton to be the next Columbus mayor.
Incumbent clerk-treasurer Luann Welmer, a Republican, is running for the new clerk position against Democrat Quisha Jackson.
Council races include:
Columbus City Council District 1
- Nick Slabaugh (D)
- Christopher Lee Bartels (R)
Columbus City Council District 2
- Elaine Hilber (D)
- Victoria Griffin (R)
Columbus City Council District 3
- Jerone Wood (D)
- Sue Norman-Chapple (R)
Columbus City Council District 4
- Keegan Hill (D)
- Frank Miller (R)
Columbus City Council District 5
- Eric Riddle (D)
- Kent Anderson (R)
Columbus City Council District 6
- Bryan Muñoz (D)
- Jay Foyst (R)
Columbus City Council At-Large (vote for three)
- Tom Dell (D)
- Paul Hoffman (D)
- Grace Kestler (D)
- Josh Burnett (R)
- Alex Engelbert (R)
- Christopher Rutan (R)