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Two Ohio issues

November 3, 2012
The Marietta Times

There are two state issues on the 2012 General Election ballot in Ohio.

Issue 1 asks voters whether a convention should be held to revise, alter or amend the Ohio Constitution. The state constitution has required the issue be placed on the ballot every 20 years since 1932. A majority "yes" vote is required for passage of Issue 1.

Ohioans have other options for amending the constitution. Legislators in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate can suggest changes and the general public can get a proposed amendment on the ballot if they acquire enough signatures.

Issue 2 is a proposal to amend the state constitution to create a 12-member state-funded commission to draw Ohio's legislative and congressional districts.

The commission members, to be appointed prior to every 10-year census by eight court of appeals judges, would include four from the state's largest political party, four from the second-largest party, and four not affiliated with either of the largest parties.

The commissioners would not be subject to removal by the general assembly or by a member of the executive branch.

The panel of eight court of appeals judges would be appointed prior to the census every 10 years by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

The proposed issue would also require the Ohio General Assembly to provide compensation funding for staff, consultants, legal counsel, and the commission members.

A majority "yes" vote is required for passage of Issue 2.



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