COLUMBUS – The Ohio Ballot Board last Tuesday approved ballot language for a statewide issue that will appear before voters during the May 8 Primary Election. The panel also approved an explanation of the issue and an argument against it.
In accordance with both Article XVI of the Ohio Constitution and Section 3505.062 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ballot Board approved ballot language and an explanation for the General Assembly-proposed constitutional amendment regarding Congressional Redistricting.
For General Assembly-proposed constitutional amendments, the General Assembly may appoint persons to prepare the arguments for and against the proposed constitutional amendment. The General Assembly appointed persons to prepare an argument for the proposal. In the absence of an appointment of persons to draft an argument against the proposal, the Ballot Board drafted the argument against.
The ballot language, explanation, and argument against the issue as passed by the board, along with the argument for the issue submitted by the General Assembly, is available at https://tinyurl.com/BallotIssue.
The panel also directed the means by which the Secretary of State will disseminate information concerning the proposed constitutional amendment to the voters and directed the Secretary of State’s office to contract for the publication of the ballot language, the explanation and arguments concerning the amendment in a newspaper of general circulation in each county of the state.
Pursuant to Section 3501.05 of the Ohio Revised Code, Secretary Husted will release the title of the issue at a later date.
The Ohio Ballot Board also certified a proposed constitutional amendment regarding Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection as a single ballot issue. This amendment had previously been certified by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Petitioners will now need to collect 305,591 signatures, which is equal to 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2014, for each issue in order to place the issues on the ballot.
As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners must collect signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and within each of those counties, collect enough signatures equal to five percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014.
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