August 8 election

Ohio’s Issue 1 goes down to defeat

BY: and - August 8, 2023

The Republican-led effort to make amending Ohio’s constitution more difficult has failed. As of 11:45 p.m., unofficial results for the Aug. 8 special election show voters rejected Issue 1 57% to 43%. The Associated Press called the race at 9 p.m. While precincts were still reporting late into the night and absentee ballots will continue […]

Ohio voters reject Issue 1 constitutional amendment changes, the Associated Press projects

BY: - August 8, 2023

Ohio voters have rejected state Issue 1, which sought to make it harder for voters to pass constitutional amendments, the Associated Press has projected. The full counting of unofficial results is ongoing, but the AP has officially projected that the “No” side has won. As of 10 p.m., with three-fourths of precincts counted statewide, the […]

New voting locations pitch in for Ohio’s unexpected August election

BY: - August 7, 2023

On Tuesday, Ohioans head to the polls to vote on whether future constitutional amendments should face a heightened threshold for passage. But for some, the typical election day routine will look a tad different. To say Tuesday’s special election was unexpected is an understatement. Lawmakers scrapped such elections at the end of last year and […]

What is Ohio’s Issue 1? We explain.

BY: - August 7, 2023

The August special election is coming up, so we created a guide on what you need to know. News 5 has been covering Issue 1 since its earliest conception in Nov. of 2022 — but here are the very basics to prepare you: You are voting on if you want to make the Ohio Constitution harder to […]


Issue 1 supporters target parents without the need for fact-checking

BY: - August 1, 2023

We parents are being exploited for political punch. Have you noticed? We’re the go-to rationale for the culture war nonsense floated by right-wing politicians. When Republicans launch repeated attacks on transgender kids they use us, or more precisely our seemingly endangered parental rights, as justification to cruelly pile on the vulnerable few. But the newfound […]

The Ohio burgee. Getty images.

From home rule to the initiative itself, Ohio would have never won many reforms under a 60% rule

BY: - July 31, 2023

Michael F. Curtin is a retired editor and associate publisher of The Columbus Dispatch and a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives serving from 2013 through 2016. Reprinted with permission, Curtin delivered the following remarks to the Federalist Society of Columbus on Ohio Issue 1, which seeks to make it harder for voters […]

Changes to Ohio voter ID law will impact August 8 election. Here’s how

BY: - July 19, 2023

Early voting is ongoing for the upcoming Aug. 8 special election on Issue 1 that asks voters to make it harder to amend the Ohio Constitution by raising the threshold to 60%. To get to the ballot box, voters need to keep in mind changes made to voter ID laws last year, in a late-night […]

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Photo by WEWS.

Concerns raised over Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose’s ethics before contentious August election

BY: - July 19, 2023

Voting rights advocates are raising concerns about Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s involvement in the ballot issue he is supporting ahead of the election he is overseeing. LaRose has announced his U.S. Senate campaign bid, another task on his already-busy plate. He is in charge of running Ohio’s elections, with a contentious special election […]


Instead of being a responsible elections chief, Frank LaRose is being an openly partisan hack

BY: - July 18, 2023

“One of the things I love about this work is it’s completely nonpartisan. The vast majority of the other secretaries of state take the same approach. What we do here is about protecting the foundation of our democracy.”  – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, 2020. That same guy is actively campaigning for passage of […]


What would Ohio look like under Issue One?

BY: - July 13, 2023

One thing that has been on my mind as Ohio considers increasing its threshold for constitutional amendments is the impact such a change will have on the economy. Issue 1 is the constitutional amendment put forth by Republican legislators with the goal of making a statewide vote on abortion rights more difficult. The amendment would […]