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2019 Village Issue 13

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
Jess Mador / WYSO

In Tuesday’s election, Yellow Springs voters rejected Village Charter Amendment 13, a proposal that would have allowed residents as young as 16 years old to vote in village races.

The measure failed with 52.4 percent of voters rejecting the ballot issue, and 47.6 percent voting in favor.  

The all-or-nothing issue amending the village charter would also have extended the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, and it would have allowed immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues.

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Among the issues on the Nov. 5 ballot is a proposal to lower the voting age in Yellow Springs. Under Yellow Springs Issue 13, residents as young as 16 would be eligible to participate in local elections.

The all-or-nothing ballot issue amending the village charter would also extend the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, doubling the term mayors can remain in office, and allow immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues.