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Federal Appeals Court Stays Lower Order Allowing Group More Time to Collect Petition Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to a group that’s trying to put changes to voting laws on this fall’s ballot. A federal court stayed a lower court ruling that gave the group more time and allowed for electronic signatures. The court’s order means the group will have to collect… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Voting Rights Advocates File New Petition for Ballot Measure

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A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting. Supporters of the “Secure and Fair Elections” amendment turned in a second draft of their petition, after the Ohio attorney general rejected… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Petitioners Can Now Gather Signatures For $13 Minimum Wage Ballot Issue

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A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The so-called “Raise The Wage” amendment would increase the minimum wage by annual increments to eventually reach $13 an hour by 2025. The group trying to put the measure on the November ballot… Read More

Voters cast their ballot early at the Franklin County Board of Elections last November.

Proposed Ballot Initiative Change Requires Involvement From More Counties

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A resolution seems to be gaining momentum in the Ohio House that would change the process for putting a constitutional amendment on a statewide ballot. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) wants to keep the total amount of signatures at the same threshold but require more of those signatures to come from more Ohio counties. To put… Read More

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over State Ballot Initiative Process

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ATHENS (WOUB) — Residents of two local counties have joined others around the state in a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming elections officials have violated their right to put initiatives on the ballot. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund filed the suit Friday in a U.S. District Court in Youngstown against Boards of Election in… Read More