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Secretary of State Husted Certifies Referendum Petition Signatures

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that “Fair Elections Ohio,” the group seeking a referendum on House Bill 194, has met the initial 1,000-signature requirement needed to begin circulating petitions for the November 2012 ballot.

Ohio law requires petitioners seeking to place a referendum on the ballot to first submit 1,000 valid signatures and the full text of the law, or section of the law, to the Secretary of State’s office for certification. Petitioners collected 2,250 signatures, of which 2,018 were deemed valid. The Secretary also approved the full text of the law submitted with the signatures.

Once the signatures and text have been certified by the Secretary of State, and the petition summary has been certified by the Attorney General, petitioners may begin collecting the required 231,147 valid signatures to place the measure on the ballot. In this case, petitioners would have until September 29, 2011, to collect the required signatures.

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