Two divisive issues could be on November ballotWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Voters in Ohio could get a chance to cast a ballot this fall on two divisive new laws: the federal health insurance overhaul Democrats backed in Washington, and collective bargaining restrictions Republicans backed in Columbus.
Political scientist John Green of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute says the nation will be watching the political bellwether state if both issues make the Nov. 8 ballot.
The Ohio Liberty Council tea party coalition said April 22 it has collected 300,000 signatures toward its effort to amend Ohio’s constitution. Its proposal would block provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act requiring the choice of certain health care providers.
The constitutional amendment requires a total of 385,245 valid signatures, which must come from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Also April 22, opponents of new limits placed on 350,000 unionized public workers said high demand has prompted Saturday petition-signing events across the state.
The April 23 signing events held in 9 Ohio cities gathered over 2,000 petitions during the two hour signing events.
The referendum requires a total of 231,149 valid signatures, which must come from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Both groups have websites and are using social media to promote their efforts.
More information on the health care constitutional amendment can be found at www.theohioproject.com.
More information on the repeal of Senate Bill 5 referendum can be found at weareohio.com.
Associated Press contributed to this report.