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Statement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted


COLUMBUS – In reference to the today’s decision by the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the case State of Ohio ex rel. Ethics First v. DeWine, a lawsuit filed by proponents of the Ohio Ethics First Amendment following the Ohio Ballot Board’s decision to certify their proposed ballot initiative as three separate issues, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“I applaud the decision by the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold the state’s fair and accessible ballot initiative process from this frivolous lawsuit.

“Amending our state’s constitution is serious business that requires active participation in the process from start to finish. That includes appearing at Ohio Ballot Board meetings to explain a proposal and give the public and board members the opportunity to ask questions – something the group behind this lawsuit did not do.

“Today’s decision will hopefully serve as a reminder to groups that want to amend the constitution; Ohio has an open and public process.”


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