Take Action To Defend Citizen-Led Ballot Measures

Since 1912, Ohioans have used citizen-led ballot initiatives to have a direct say in our government, but now, with House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1) and Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2), Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Rep. Brian Stewart, and Senators Theresa Gaverone and Rob McColley are trying to make the process much harder.

Our access to the ballot is the only thing that allows us to push back when the gerrymandered legislature is unresponsive to the needs and concerns of the majority.

Both HJR1 and SJR2 would require a 60% “YES” vote to pass a constitutional amendment. In addition, HJR1 would make it harder for issues to get onto the ballot by requiring signature collection in all 88 counties and removing the “cure period,” after signatures are turned in when a campaign is allowed to go back out and collect more to try to make up for a shortfall. To make matters worse, lawmakers are also proposing we handle this at a special August election when voter turnout is traditionally low. This cynical attack on our democracy is unfair, unpopular, undemocratic, and unnecessary.

Take Action Today to Defend One Person, One Vote in Ohio

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“I protest against any theory that would make of the constitution a means of thwarting instead of securing the absolute right of the people to rule themselves.” President Theodore Roosevelt at Ohio’s 1912 Constitutional Convention