Ballot Issue

Amy Sutherly gathers signatures to put a referendum of HB6 on the 2020 November ballot. She has a brace around her wrist saying she sustained the injury after a counter petitioner hit her.
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A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to Ohio groups trying to put constitutional amendment proposals on the November ballot.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss one court ruling that will allow the electronic collection of voter signatures for ballot issues, and another that lets gyms and fitness centers open up ahread of the state's schedule.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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A federal court ruled Tuesday that an Ohio group will have more time to collect petition signatures to put a voter rights amendment on the November ballot. The groups will also be permitted to collect those signatures electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Organizers trying to put a minimum wage measure on November’s statewide ballot are hoping a Franklin County judge will grant an extension on the July 1 deadline for gathering signatures, amid a statewide stay-at-home order.

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Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state for lack of valid signatures.

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Jim Mone / AP

A new effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio is underway. The proposal is called the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment. 

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is pitching their ballot measure as something with widespread appeal.

A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. 

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected language for a potential ballot issue on voting. The group behind the initiative to expand and solidify voter rights says they remain committed to the issue.

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An Ohio State University elections law professor says a proposed constitutional amendment on voter registration would likely lead to more engagement.

The group that’s hoping to ask voters to expand background checks on gun sales through a potential ballot issue says they're now pushing their initiative by a year. 

A gun safety group that wants to convince Ohio lawmakers to require background checks on nearly all gun sales is not giving up on its effort, though Attorney General Dave Yost rejected its first attempt. 

The group Ohioans for Gun Safety is rolling out a new campaign that would expand background checks for gun sales, closing the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.”

There are questions about whether Ohio voters will see an issue on the ballot this fall that, if passed, would put restrictions on clinics that provide kidney dialysis. First, the group backing the referendum effort fell short of signatures and now, supporters of the measure are facing a lawsuit.