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A Constitutional Ballot Initiative

The Ohio Recall Provision 

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 "Ohio Recall Provision" Amendment accomplish?

The United States of America was formed around the principle of the consent of the governed. The term implies that the people of a country or state have the right of self-rule and must consent, either in a direct referendum or through elected representatives, to the establishment of their own government. Due to the length of political and non-political office terms, elected officials may lose the consent of the governed before their term expires. This initiative would:

  1. Provide a new mechanism to remove all county prosecutors, court of common pleas judges, all state legislators, all state officers, including the governor, appellate judges, and all Ohio supreme court justices from office before their term expires.
  2. Provide for an annual vote of confidence for the aforementioned officeholders during primary elections.
  3. Require that officeholders shall be removed from office if more electors have no confidence in the officeholder than are confident and the number of electors having no confidence in an officeholder exceeds the number of electors that officeholder received in their last general or special election.

What does the "Ohio Recall Provision" Amendment not do?

The Act would NOT:

    1. Create any new procedures or law of how legislators are replaced if removed from office before their term expires.
    2. Require electors to gather signatures and submit petitions to remove officeholders.

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 by adopting this Article to read as follows:

Recall Provision

The elected serve by the consent of the governed. It is important that when the elected no longer have the consent of the governed that they are removed from office as expeditiously as possible.

Annually, all county prosecutors, court of common pleas judges, all state legislators, all state officers, including the governor, appellate judges, and all Ohio supreme court justices shall be subject to an annual vote of confidence on all primary ballots respective to their districts. There shall only be two choices on the ballot for each officeholder for a vote of confidence. Choice one: confident. Choice two: no confidence.

If the number of electors having no confidence in an officeholder exceeds the number of electors that are confident in the officeholder, and exceeds the number of electors that officeholder received in their last general or special election, or if the officeholder was appointed, exceeds the amount their predecessor received in their last general or special election, they shall be removed from office.

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