Ombudsman: When ‘no’ means ‘no’Written by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Like everyone, I know a few people who will be affected by the state’s new collective bargaining policy if Senate Bill 5 isn’t repealed. Teachers. Police officers. Firefighters. Secretaries. My husband. I am married to a public employee, although our individual politics are not always coupled.
I have had people ask whether a “no” means “yes” or a “yes” means “no.”
Proponents and opponents of SB5 wanted the “no,” because those in favor of the new bill wanted you to vote “no” against the repeal, while those against SB5 wanted you to vote “no” for the collective bargaining changes.
SB5 naysayers got the “no.”
Therefore, if you vote “no” on Issue 2, that means you want to repeal SB5; if you vote “yes,” it means you want to keep it in place. For example, a police officer most likely will vote “no,” while Mayor Mike Bell will vote “yes.”
Matt McClellan, a spokesman at the Ohio secretary of state’s office, said no confusion has been reported since early voting began Oct. 4.
“‘Yes’ means you approve the law, ‘no’ means you reject the law,” he said.
He said voters should visit www.sos.state.oh.us and click on “State Issues Information.” The information in this tab includes the ballot language you will see for Issue 2 when you go to the polls between now and Election Day.
The website also explains the two other state issues, which aren’t garnering as much attention.
A “yes” vote for Issue 1 basically means you support increasing the maximum age for an elected or appointed judicial office from 70 to 75. A “yes” vote for Issue 3 means you support preserving the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and coverage.
These decisions on top of Issue 2 make for a lot of simple decisions this year. Yes? No?