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Secretary of State Husted Announces Ballot Board Meeting

Monday, May 11, 2015

Secretary of State Husted Announces Ballot Board Meeting

COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has called a meeting of the Ohio Ballot Board for Thursday, May 14, 2015.

            WHAT:          Meeting of the Ohio Ballot Board
            WHO:            Secretary Husted and Members of the Ohio Ballot Board
            WHEN:         Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:00am
            WHERE:      House Finance Hearing Room
                                    Ohio Statehouse
                                    1 Capitol Square
                                    Columbus, Ohio 43215

As required by Ohio law, the Ballot Board will meet to determine whether a proposed constitutional amendment contains one or more than one amendment. The proposed amendment concerns the usage of marijuana as well as the growing and processing of industrial hemp. 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 305,591 signatures, which is equal to 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2014. 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, 2014.

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 Representative Kathleen Clyde, former State Senator Nina Turner; and William N. Morgan. Ballot Board meetings are open to the public.

The event will be streamed live online here.

Additional Information
Certification from the Attorney General of Ohio
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Procedure for a Citizen Initiated Constitutional Amendment
Governor's Race Percentage Chart


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