COLUMBUS – Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of Ohio today appealing Monday’s decision from the Ohio Ballot Board to split the pro-democracy amendment into four separate issues. The campaign also filed the four sets of petition language with Attorney General Dave Yost, who has ten days to review.
The following statement can be attributed to Toni Webb, Campaign Manager for Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections:
“We are moving forward with a two-pronged approach as we continue to work to ensure all Ohio’s elections are secure and that every eligible voter can cast a ballot. We have no choice but to challenge the Ohio Ballot Board’s unlawful decision to slice our ballot initiative into four separate petitions, and feel confident the law is on our side. In the meantime we’re also doing our due diligence to make sure the four petitions are affirmed with the Attorney General. It’s clear to us that the people of Ohio care deeply about voting rights and electoral reform as seen by our strong, diverse coalition of voters and organizations across Ohio. Many states have passed commonsense, bipartisan measures to make their elections more efficient and accessible. Ohio must do the same, and our campaign is here to make that happen.”
Organizations endorsing this issue so far include: Freedom BLOC, Ohio’s A. Philip Randolph Institute, The Ohio Chapter of the NAACP, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Ohio Student Association, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, and URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections continues to build a non-partisan, broadly representative buckeye coalition with Ohio veterans, faith-based groups, members of the disability rights community, advocacy and legal organizations.