Ohio constitutional amendments

What Ohio amendments wouldn’t have passed with a 60% threshold?

BY: - August 7, 2023

Only white men would be able to enlist in the Ohio National Guard.  Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo wouldn’t have casinos. Ohio’s governor wouldn’t have term limits.  Ohioans would only have the option of straight-ticket voting at the polls.   These are just some of the amendments to the Ohio constitution that passed, but received less […]

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Author of book on Ohio Constitution warns against Issue 1 changing 111 years of Ohio voter power

BY: - July 20, 2023

Steven H. Steinglass is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the College of Law of Cleveland State University. His teaching covers Ohio Constitutional History and he is the author of “The Ohio State Constitution” (Oxford Univ. Press 2022) (2nd ed.) (with Gino J. Scarselli). From March 2013 to June 2017, Professor Steinglass served as Senior […]

Early voting begins for Issue 1 asking to make it harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution

BY: - July 12, 2023

Early voting began Tuesday for Issue 1, the amendment on the August 8 ballot requiring all future Ohio Constitutional amendments clear 60% for passage. Lawmakers put the proposal on the ballot, and they’ve faced criticism from the outset. Opponents argued — correctly — that lawmakers wanted to change the rules in order to undermine an […]

The Ohio Supreme Court has a complicated history deciding on Ballot Board cases

BY: - June 12, 2023

Last week the Ohio Supreme Court sided with the Ohio Ballot Board decision to allow an abortion rights amendment to go forward as a single question. Opponents of the effort wanted the court to split it in two, but instead the justices deferred to the Ballot Board. That’s not always the case. Going back to […]

Ohio Ballot Board approves language for August amendment proposal despite objections

BY: - May 19, 2023

The Ohio Ballot Board has approved language for an August ballot measure from Ohio Republican lawmakers. The proposal asks voters whether to make it harder to pass future constitutional amendments by requiring 60% of the vote. The board’s two Democrats and an outside organization currently suing to block the August election criticized the ballot language […]

Restaurant association won’t comment on its allies in fight to lock down Ohio Constitution

BY: - May 10, 2023

Ohio’s restaurants have some strange bedfellows that their industry representative would rather not talk about — including a billionaire out-of-state election denier. The Ohio Restaurant Association’s members depend on patronage from a broad swath of Ohioans. But in joining the battle to make it a lot harder to amend the Ohio Constitution, it’s taking a […]

Ohio abortion foes are banking on a low-turnout August election. In Kansas, that didn’t go so well.

BY: - May 8, 2023

Supporters of the push to make it a lot harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution have given many, sometimes-inconsistent reasons for wanting to do it. But clearly a major one is to try to block an abortion-rights amendment that is currently in the works. To pull off the maneuver, abortion opponents are trying […]


Ohio citizens and organizers dismantle extremist special interest arguments for attacking voters

BY: - May 4, 2023

The attempt by more than 80 Ohio Statehouse Republicans and Secretary of State Frank LaRose to get voters to enshrine 41% minority rule over our state constitution in a special August election was passed out of an Ohio House Constitutional Amendments Committee Tuesday in a 7-6 vote, with all five Democrats on the committee voting […]

Billionaire backing effort to raise Ohio amendment threshold funded election deniers, Jan. 6 rally

BY: - May 2, 2023

An out-of-state donor who wants to make it a lot harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution has a history of supporting candidates who falsely deny the results of the 2020 presidential election — and he's a major supporter of a group that helped organize the rally on Jan. 6, 2021 that led to a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of five former attorneys general on Monday added their names to a swelling group that is opposed to the move. They join four former governors — two Republicans and two Democrats — more than 200 groups of all political stripes, and a group representing the state's election workers have all come out in opposition to the plan.


America’s most noble achievements have come from expanding democracy, not ripping it away

BY: - March 30, 2023

Deploying profoundly simplistic and misleading arguments for attacking Ohio voters’ ability to amend our own state constitution, various Ohio Republican politicians have pointed to the U.S. Constitution’s requirements for passage of amendments. This, they argue, justifies rolling back more than 110 years of popular democracy in Ohio to enshrine 41% minority rule over the reasonable […]

GOP lawmakers, Right to Life meet with Ohio Chamber, Business Roundtable on amendment change

BY: - March 28, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   The resolution to make it harder to amend the Ohio Constitution has […]


Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman attacking voters to uphold state GOP’s patriarchy

BY: - March 28, 2023

“This is not what democracy looks like,” said state Rep. Anita Somani, D-Dublin. The new lawmaker, a practicing Ob-Gyn, had just listened to testimony on a proposed resolution to change the constitutional amendment process in Ohio. The reaction of the Columbus Democrat, shared by many in the packed hearing room, was spot on.  The Ohio […]