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Pension Ballot Ruling Leads to New Ballots

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Hamilton County Board of Elections is mailing out new absentee ballots to change the language of Issue 4. Issue 4 is an effort to change the city's pension plan.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the ballot language should include new wording regarding a new replacement plan to be put in place as soon as possible.

The new ballots are being mailed out on Wednesday. Voters who requested an absentee ballot or returned a ballot, will get a new ballot. So will voters who voted in person at the Board of Elections. Elections officials say they can keep track of who has already returned a ballot and will turn in a new one. They won't be counted twice.

Despite the mandated change, the justices did keep intact language that said the reform initiative could force the city to cut services or raise fees to cover a pension system shortfall.



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