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Vote NO on Issue 2!
The Ohio Rights Group issued this press release concerning Issue 2 that will appear on the fall ballot under the title "Anti-Monopoly Amendment." While protecting the Ohio constitution from being used for personal economic benefit may sound laudable, Issue 2 goes far beyond that. Enacted with only ten days of legislative debate from introduction to passage, Issue 2 (formerly know as House Joint Resolution 4) would bestow the power of determining if a measure is being used for such a purpose to just three politically appointed members (majority vote) of the five member Ohio Ballot Board. Campaigns for even the most popular and meritorious issues would be subjected to Issue 2 only after they had spent millions of dollars to collect and submit over 300,000 signatures. Even if all ballot placement procedures were correctly followed, these three individuals would still have the power to determine if the measure is a "violation" regardless of whether it is or not. The only recourse for an improper designation is an expensive and time consuming appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Issue 2 will have a chilling effect on the ballot initiative process that has served for over 100 years as an effective tool for Ohio citizens to use to redress their grievances over issues that the legislature has repeatedly failed to address. Such issues include the freedom to marry, redistricting, collective bargaining and marijuana. Please join the Ohio Rights Group and Vote NO on Issue 2.
To advocate against passage of Issue 2, the ORG has formed the "Stand Up 4 Your Rights" political action committee (PAC). if you are interested in helping out, please fill in and submit your information on the Volunteer Form below.
Please also review these important links from the website of the Ohio Secretary of State.
Ballot Language for Issue 2. See how prejudicially the Ohio Ballot Board wrote the description of Issue 2 for the fall ballot.
Explanation of Ballot Language for Issue 2. This short description fails to include all of the provisions of Issue 2 including the requirement that an affirmative determination be termed a "violation." whether it otherwise is or not.
Argument for Issue 2. These bullet points were clearly composed to sell passage of the amendment, not to inform voters about a pending change to the long standing procedures that govern ballot initiatives, an important citizen-led tool for social change.
Argument Against Issue 2. This argument "against" reads as if it endorsed passage. It fails to tell the full story about Issue 2 even using just of the few points mentioned above.
Joint Resolution. This is the full text of House Joint Resolution 4 that, after hasty passage by both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, was referred directly to the fall ballot without the signature of the governor. Please carefully read this resolution, and see if you find it a vague and confusing as we do. Attorneys have rightly concluded that it makes no sense.