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Secretary Husted Announces Number of Verified Signatures on ResponsibleOhio Petitions

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Secretary Husted Announces Number of Verified Signatures on ResponsibleOhio Petitions
Marijuana advocates have failed to submit required number of signatures, granted 10 days to remedy

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that ResponsibleOhio has failed to meet the necessary requirements to place their proposed constitutional amendment, titled “Marijuana Legalization Amendment,” before voters on the November 2015 General Election Ballot.

Petitioners were required to submit at least 305,591 valid signatures, a number equal to 10 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014. Having submitted only 276,082 valid signatures statewide, ResponsibleOhio has failed to meet this requirement.

As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners are also required to have submitted 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, 2014. The petitioners met this requirement, having collected enough signatures to meet the five percent threshold in 73 counties.

Having failed to meet all of the constitutional requirements to place the issue on the ballot, petitioners will be given 10 additional days to make up the difference. Additional signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office no later than July 30, 2015.

Additional Information:
Secretary Husted’s Letter to ResponsibleOhio
County-by-County Breakdown of Verified Signatures
Unique Petition Form for Additional Signature Collection
Procedure for a Citizen-Initiated Constitutional Amendment
2014 Governor’s Race Percentage Chart
ResponsibleOhio’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment

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