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Cincinnati City Council Elections, 1925-1961:
During and After Proportional Representation

May 2002

Table 1.  City Council Elections, 1925-1955.  Method:  9 seats at-large using choice voting

 

Year

 

Republicans

Charter-Democrats

 

Independents/Other

First-Choice

 

 

 

Votes

Seats

Votes

Seats

Votes

Seats

Election %

Elected

Blacks

Black

Population

 1925 

27.8%

33.3%

63.8%

66.7%

8.4%

0.0%

72.5%

0

 

 1927

28.6%

22.2%

58.0%

66.7%

13.4%

11.1%

75.8%

0

 

 1929

36.7%

33.3%

56.8%

66.7%

6.6%

0.0%

67.0%

0

 

 1931

39.6%

44.4%

52.8%

55.6%

7.6%

0.0%

71.1%

1

11.1%

 1933

45.6%

44.4%

49.7%

55.6%

4.7%

0.0%

68.5%

0

 

 1935

41.1%

44.4%

39.6%

44.4%

19.3%

11.1%

71.0%

1

 

 1937

44.0%

44.4%

36.8%

44.4%

19.3%

11.1%

60.2%

1

 

 1939

49.4%

44.4%

34.3%

44.4%

16.4%

11.1%

67.4%

0

 

 1941

59.3%

55.6%

32.4%

44.4%

8.3%

0.0%

69.9%

1

13%

 1943

54.2%

55.6%

40.2%

44.4%

5.6%

0.0%

76.7%

1

 

 1945

54.8%

55.6%

44.2%

44.4%

1.0%

0.0%

73.7%

1

 

 1947

47.8%

44.4%

47.8%

55.6%

4.4%

0.0%

73.6%

1

 

 1949

47.1%

44.4%

50.8%

55.6%

2.1%

0.0%

73.1%

2

 

 1951

52.2%

55.6%

47.3%

44.4%

0.5%

0.0%

74.7%

2

17%

 1953

48.5%

44.4%

51.4%

55.6%

0.1%

0.0%

75.5%

1

 

 1955

51.0%

44.4%

42.9%

55.6%

6.2%

0.0%

74.8%

1

 

 Totals

 

44.5%

 

52.8%

 

2.8%

 

13 of

144 (9%)

 

Table 2.  City Council Elections, 1957-1961.  Method:  9X (at-large plurality voting)

 

Year

 

Republicans

 

Charter-Democrats

 

Independents/Other

First-Choice

 

 

 

Votes

Seats

Votes

Election %

Votes

Seats

Election %

Elected

Blacks

Black Population

 1957

50.3%

55.6%

49.7%

44.4%

 

 

 -

0

 

 1959

40.8%

55.6%

29.1%

22.2%

30.1%

22.2%

 -

0

 

 1961

41.4%

55.6%

23.0%

11.1%

35.7%

33.3%

 -

0

23%

 Totals

 

55.6%

 

25.9% 

 

18.5% 

 -

0 of 27

(0%)

 

Notes and Source:  Vote percentage is based on first-choice ballots for PR (choice voting) elections (1925-1955) and for total ballots cast for candidates in 9X (at-large elections) that started in 1957. Democrats began running their own slate of candidates in 1959.  First Choice Election % means the percent of voters whose first choice was elected. 

Source: Barber, Kathleen.  Proportional Representation and Electoral Reform (1995, Ohio State Univ. Press)


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