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elections 2019

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day. Among the races on the ballot in Greene County is a crowded slate for Yellow Springs Village Council, with five candidates vying for three open seats. 

The election for Yellow Springs Mayor is also on the ballot but the race this year is not competitive. 

Under Yellow Springs Village Council elections rules, the two candidates who receive the most votes are elected to four-year terms, and the candidate who receives the third-highest vote total wins a two-year term.

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.