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Secretary of State Announces Verified Signature Totals for Proposed Constitutional Amendments

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified the number of valid signatures collected by advocates for two separate citizen-initiated constitutional amendments. A proposed amendment concerning drug treatment and rehabilitation has met the necessary requirements and will be on the November General Election Ballot as State Issue 1. The proposed amendment regarding kidney dialysis failed to meet all of the necessary requirements to be placed on the ballot and petitioners have 10 days to address petition deficiencies.

As stated in Ohio law, petitioners are 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. As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners must also submit 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.

Petitioners for the proposed amendment regarding drug treatment and rehabilitation submitted 351,095 valid signatures and met the five percent threshold in 50 counties, satisfying the constitutional and legal requirements to be placed on the ballot. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as State Issue 1 in the General Election on November 6, 2018.

Advocates for the proposed amendment concerning kidney dialysis submitted 296,080 valid signatures, and met the five percent threshold in 48 counties, failing to meet the constitutional and legal requirements to get on the ballot. As required by the constitution, petitioners will have 10 additional days to make up the difference. Additional signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by August 2.

The Ohio Ballot Board will convene in the coming weeks to approve ballot language for qualifying state issues. The Secretary of State is responsible for determining the ballot order and title for state issues, as outlined in Sections 3505.06 and 3501.05 of the Ohio Revised Code respectively.

Additional Information:
Proposed Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Constitutional Amendment
County-by-County Breakdown for Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Signatures
Proposed Kidney Dialysis Constitutional Amendment
County-by-County Breakdown of Kidney Dialysis Verified Signatures
Unique Supplemental Kidney Dialysis Petition
Procedure for a Citizen-Initiated Constitutional Amendment
2014 Governor’s Race Percentage Chart

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