Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SECRETARY OF STATE HUSTED ANNOUNCES BALLOT BOARD MEETING
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has called a meeting of the Ohio Ballot Board for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 9:30 a.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.
As required by Ohio law, the Ballot Board will meet to determine whether the proposed Freedom to Marry proposed constitutional amendment contains more than one amendment. The Ballot Board has 10 days from the date the certification is received from the attorney general to complete this task.
If it is determined that there is more than one amendment, the Ballot Board will divide the initiative into individual petitions containing only one constitutional amendment so as to enable the voters to vote on each proposal separately and certify its approval to the attorney general. Petitioners would then need to resubmit summaries for each of the individual petitions to the attorney general for certification.
Petitioners will need to collect 385,247 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 the 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, collect 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 Ballot Board and oversees the board’s proceedings. Other members of the Ballot Board include: State Senator Bill Coley; State Senator Nina Turner; Mark Griffin; and William N. Morgan. Ballot Board meetings are open to the public.
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.