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Does Ohio have referendum?

Does Ohio have referendum?

The Ohio Secretary of State must pass the referendum on to the Ballot Board. The Ohio Ballot Board must prescribe the ballot language for the referendum and certify it to the Secretary of State not later than 75 days before the election.

What is an initiative in Ohio?

The powers of initiative and referendum are reserved for the people of Ohio under Article 2, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution, enabling citizens to place an issue directly before voters on a statewide ballot.

How many signatures are needed for a petition in Ohio?

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3519, and the Ohio Constitution, Article 2, Section 1. What are the signature requirements for petitions? For this initial phase of the initiative and referendum process, the petitions need to be accompanied by at least 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters.

Which Ohio Constitution do we still use today?

The current (and second) Ohio Constitution was adopted in 1851. An Ohio constitutional convention was held in 1912 and proposed substantial revisions to the 1851 constitution, many of which were approved. These changes are considered by some to constitute a new constitution.

How do you amend the Ohio Constitution?

Either branch of the General Assembly may propose amendments to the Ohio Constitution. Customarily, constitutional amendments are proposed by joint resolution. A three-fifths vote in favor of the joint resolution is required for its passage.

What is the difference between recall referendum and initiative?

Through these processes, voters can adopt a change in law (an initiative), disapprove a law passed by the Legislature (a referendum), or remove an elected official from office (a recall).

How many times has the Ohio Constitution been changed?

The 1851 constitution has been amended 169 times. The most recent amendment to the Ohio Constitution was approved by voters in 2018.

Is slavery still legal in the state of Ohio?

Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio says: “There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime.”