State Balloting Process

Filing an initiative is a very simple process in Ohio. First,
the proponent of the measure must designate a committee of not less
than three (3) nor more than five (5) persons to represent them in all
matters relating to the petition. Second, the written petition signed by 100
electors must be submitted to the Attorney General with the full text and
summary of the proposed statute. The Attorney General certifies if, in her
opinion, the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed
statute. A verified copy of the statute, together with the summary and
Attorney General’s certification must then be filed with the Secretary of
State. Petitioners draw up the petition. It may be made up of part508
petitions, but all separate petitions shall be filed at one time as one
instrument. Each part-petition must have a copy of the full text of the
proposed statute. The heading must be as specified in Art. II, Sec. 1b and
R.C. 3519.05.

The committee named on the petition may prepare
an argument and/or explanation in favor of the amendment. The
argument and/or explanation in opposition to the amendment is
prepared by persons named by the General Assembly, if in session, or if
not in session, by the Governor. The arguments and/or explanations may
not exceed 300 words and must be filed with the Secretary of State not
later than seventy-five (75) days before the election.

Excerpted from the Initiative & Referendum Almanac by M. Dane Waters.

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