COLUMBUS – The Ohio Ballot Board today approved ballot language for the two statewide issues that will appear before voters during the 2017 General Election. The election will be held on November 7.
The ballot language, as passed by the board, is available here:
In accordance with both Article XVI of the Ohio Constitution and Section 3505.062 of the Ohio Revised Code, the panel also directed the means by which the Secretary of State will disseminate information concerning the proposed constitutional amendment and proposed law to the voters and directed the Secretary of State’s office to contract for the publication of the ballot language and any explanation and/or arguments for or against the issues in a newspaper of general circulation in each county of the state.
For petition-driven ballot proposals, the committee named in an initiative petition may prepare the argument and/or explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment or statute. The General Assembly may name persons to prepare the argument and/or explanation against a proposed constitutional amendment or statute. Submissions are due by the 80th day before the election, August 19.
Pursuant to Section 3501.05 of the Ohio Revised Code, Secretary Husted will release the titles of the two issues at a later date.
Secretary Husted serves as the Chairman of the Ohio Ballot Board in his official capacity as the Ohio Secretary of State. Other members include State Senator Jay Hottinger, State Senator Michael Skindell, State Representative Dan Ramos and Mr. William Morgan. Ballot Board meetings are open to the public.