WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Warren charter government initiative failed in polls Tuesday night.

According to unofficial returns, about 58% of those in the polls voted against adopting a charter form of government.

Currently, Warren operates as a statutory government.

Previously, Warren City Council refused to vote on the issue twice, but in January reached a unanimous agreement to put the issue on the May ballot.

Members of the group Warren Deserves Better Charter Government Initiative filed the petition that brought the charter issue forward.

Warren voters were asked to select 15 members for a commission to write the charter. Those running as charter commissioners appeared on the ballot. Each candidate needed petitions with 50 signatures turned in to the board of elections by Feb. 1.

Since the issue failed, voters will not see the issue on the November ballot, and there will be no 15-member charter commission needed.

You can see the results of the other races on WKBN.com.