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Hilliard voters will decide charter amendments in November election

Posted September 4, 2019 in Administration by Mary Smith

On Nov. 5, registered voters in the City of Hilliard will be asked to cast their ballot on proposed amendments to the charter, the document that serves as the City’s governing constitution.

Voters will decide two separate issues, Issue 25 and Issue 26. If approved by voters, the changes would take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The City will mail a printed copy of all proposed changes to every registered Hilliard voter. This information also will be placed on the City of Hilliard website at

Issue 25

This issue covers modifications to language throughout the Charter that represent changes to City policies and practices, as well as language “clean-up” performed for clarification and grammatical correctness.

Among the topics covered under Issue 25 are amendments that would allow City Council to enter into executive session to discuss topics related to economic development and an amendment reducing the required number of Council readings for proposed ordinances from three to two.

Voters are encouraged to review all proposed language changes in order to make an informed decision on Nov. 5, 2019.

Issue 26

If passed, this amendment would eliminate partisan primaries for future City Council elections.

Under the current Charter, each party selects its candidates during a spring primary. The top vote recipients from each party are placed on the ballot for the general election the following November. The maximum number selected from each party is either three or four candidates, depending on the number of open seats in the following general election.

If approved, Issue 26 would eliminate partisan primaries for City Council. All candidates who meet the eligibility requirements to run for City Council would appear on the ballot in the November general election, without party affiliation. All candidates would have to file petitions consistent with state law with the Board of Elections to be a candidate in the regular municipal election.

Registration and voting

The general election is Nov. 5. Military and overseas absentee voting begins Sept. 20. Absentee and early in-person voting begins Oct. 8.

All registered voters living within City of Hilliard corporation boundaries may vote on these amendments. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 7. For information and to register to vote, contact Franklin County Board of Elections on its website:

Council-City Manager form of government

In 2018, Hilliard voters approved Charter amendments that will change Hilliard’s form of government from a Council-Mayor system to a Council-City Manager system. At the time, City Council was still in the process of evaluating numerous recommendations from the last Charter Review Commission. Council decided to place the City Manager question on the November 2018 ballot because the incumbent mayor’s term of office ends at the end of 2019.