Absentee, in-person voting on proposed constitutional amendment
The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) reminds the campus community that registered voters in Ohio can begin casting ballots on Issue 1 today (July 11).
They have two options:
Vote by mail—also known as absentee voting—first by requesting a ballot via the process detailed on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website and submitting that request to your county’s election board by 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1. To be counted as a valid vote, the ballot itself must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7; or
Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase the requirements to change Ohio’s constitution through ballot initiatives.
Today citizens who want to put a constitutional amendment on Ohio’s ballot must secure signatures from at least 5% of the voters in the previous gubernatorial election in half of the state’s counties. Once on the ballot, that measure must secure approval of a simple majority of those voting (e.g., 50% plus 1).
If voters approve Issue 1, the signature requirement would apply to all 88 of the state’s counties, while 60% of those voting would have to approve a proposed amendment for it to go into effect.