When it comes to local government, people have a lot of questions: How do I vote by mail? Who's running for mayor? How do I get this pothole fixed? What does a common pleas court judge do? Who's in charge of building permits? Let us point you toward some answers.

By Katie Coburn, Lauren Fisher, John Fox, Kaileigh Peyton, Carrie Blackmore Smith, and Amanda Boyd Walters

Editor’s Letter, October 2020: An Antidote to Helplessness

In these days of upheaval and isolation, though, we depend on each other for support—from schools and churches to workplaces and government services.

These Local Resources Are Here to Help You Get Things Done

Here are the resources you need to start on the path to change, whether you’re trying to get garbage picked up or trying to talk to city council.

Who Will Win Kentucky’s Senate Seat?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath battle to represent the Commonwealth in D.C.

What Do All These Elected Officials Do?

We’ve all heard that down-ballot races are important, but how are we supposed to know what those elected officials do? Here’s a look at a few.

The Truth About Voting by Mail in Ohio and Kentucky

Voting by mail has become a hot issue. We sort through what we know and the differing requirements in Ohio and Kentucky.

Inside our Work the System Issue: October 2020

We discuss the resources highlighted in our Work the System issue, which serves as a guide to navigating local government, and the pandemic's impact on local journalism.

Our Local Government System, Broken Down

Why should you care? Our interactions with local government are a small piece of a larger puzzle that determines the course of our country.

Six Organizations That Can Help You Learn More About Government

Educating yourself about political candidates and issues can seem daunting. But these six organizations can help you learn more.

A Look Ahead to the 2021 Cincinnati Mayoral Race

The 2021 Cincinnati mayor and council election will change the face of the city’s government. Here’s what we know so far.

How Do Ballot Initiatives Work?

In 26 states, citizens can actually put issues on the ballot. Here’s how it works in Ohio and how it doesn’t in Kentucky.

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