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Secretary of State Husted Announces Addition to Upcoming Ballot Board Meeting

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that in addition to determining if a proposed constitutional amendment regarding redistricting reform contains one issue, the Ohio Ballot Board will also meet later this week to decide if a proposed constitutional amendment regarding marriage is a single issue. The Ballot Board will meet Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the Finan Finance Hearing Room of the Ohio Statehouse, located on the first floor of the Senate Building at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

If it is determined that there is more than one amendment, the Ballot Board will divide the initiative(s) into individual petitions containing only one constitutional amendment so as to enable the voters to vote on each proposal separately and certify approval to the attorney general. If divided, petitioners would then need to resubmit summaries for each of the individual petitions to the attorney general for certification.

Under the procedure for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, petitioners are required to collect 385,253 signatures, which is equal to 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010. As part of the total number of signatures needed to place a measure on the ballot, petitioners must also have collected signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and within each of those counties, collected enough signatures equal to five percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2010.

Secretary Husted serves as chair of the Ohio Ballot Board and oversees the board’s proceedings. Other members of the Ballot Board include: Fred Strahorn, Vice Chair; State Senator Keith Faber; Mark Griffin; and William N. Morgan. Ballot Board meetings are open to the public.

Additional Information

Attorney General Marriage Amendment Certification

Attorney General Redistricting Reform Amendment Certification

Ballot Board Meeting Agenda

Procedure for a Citizen Initiated Constitutional Amendment

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