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A Constitutional Ballot Initiative

None of the Above ("NOTA") ballot option amendment

What is a Constitutional Ballot Initiative

If a citizen feels that an issue is not addressed properly (or at all) in the Ohio Constitution, he or she can follow the procedures outlined in the Ohio Constitution and Revised Code to submit a proposed constitutional amendment to the people of Ohio for a statewide vote. A Constitutional ballot initiative takes 442,958 valid elector signatures from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. To start this process Ohioans must collect 1,000 valid signatures to submit to the Ohio Attorney General for approval.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE ENTIRE PROCESS

What does the "None of the Above ("NOTA") Ballot Option" Amendment accomplish?

An element that formed the basis of the Ohio State government is the principle of the consent of the governed. Ohioans freedom to consent means that Ohioans should have the option to withhold their consent. Withholding consent is not the same as not voting. This initiative would:

  1. Allow Ohioans the ability to withhold their consent for all primary elections for all state and county central committee positions, state officers, the General Assembly, all county prosecutors, common pleas court judges, appellate court judges, and Ohio Supreme Court Justices
  2. Provide for a “None of the Above” ballot option for the aforementioned elections.
  3. Provide for a special election to occur within ninety days from an election where the “None of the Above” option received the most votes.
  4. Prevent any candidate that received less votes than the “None of the Above” option from competing in the special election held for that office.

Text of the Act

Be it resolved by the people of the State of Ohio: That the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended as follows, to read as follows:

None of the Above Provision

In all primary elections for all state and county central committee positions, for all state officers, the General Assembly, all county prosecutors, common pleas court judges, appellate court judges, and Ohio Supreme Court Justices, voters shall be provided with the option of voting for "None of the Above".

Votes cast for the "None of the Above" option shall be tallied and listed in official election results. If the “None of the Above” option receives a winning number of votes, a special election will occur within 90 days. No candidate that received fewer votes than the “None of the Above” option in an election shall participate in the resulting special election for the same office.

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