Each issue represents a change to the state constitution. Issue 1 has been placed on the ballot by the Ohio General Assembly. Issues 2 – 5 have been placed on the ballot through the collection of signatures by the left-leaning organizations to “reform” Ohio’s election policies. These are critical in light of the fact that Ohio is consistently a swing state in U.S. Presidential races.
State Issue 1: Amendment to the Ohio Constitution would issue general obligation bonds totaling $2 billion. This brings back to the ballot a failed amendment from 2003 for Third Frontier research and development funds. This time they have “sweetened the pot” by adding funding for road/bridge repair, water treatment systems, and other local infrastructure projects. The grand deception on the public is that the current road/bridge repair funds have not been depleted. There is no time urgency to renew.
Governor Taft vetoed a statutory restriction on June 30th on using Third Frontier funds for human embryonic stem cell research.
This issue has a complexity of concerns, which will be fully explained in the follow-up post.
State Issue 2: Amendment to the Ohio Constitution would expand the use of absentee ballots in elections. The language absolutely expands the opportunity for voter fraud. It would mandate that eligible voters be allowed to receive absentee ballots by mail – for any reason. It does not specify that the ballot would need to be requested by the elector. This creates a loophole that would provide an opportunity for political parties to bulk mail absentee ballots and increase opportunities for “dead people” to vote.
The follow-up information on Issue 2 will also describe how it will facilitate votes cast by noncitizens.
State Issue 3: Amendment to the Ohio Constitution would change the limits on campaign contributions. The language permanently establishes three types of PACs, closes some loopholes in Ohio policy and opens new ones. It caps an individual’s aggregate contributions, but special interest PACs would have no limit on their aggregate donations. In addition, it states that “no law shall be passed that limits the operation of the provisions of this section,” effectively tying the hands of the General Assembly from their authority to address concerns with the provisions at a later time.
State Issue 4: Amendment to the Ohio Constitution would strip Ohio voters of their right to elect the majority of members to the State Apportionment Board charged with establishing district boundaries for state and federal legislators. Instead, this amendment would establish a five-member appointed Ohio Independent Redistricting Commission.
State Issue 5: Amendment to the Ohio Constitution would strip Ohio voters of their right to choose their chief state elections officer. Instead, an appointed nine-member State Board of Election Supervisors would serve as the chief election authority in Ohio. Four members appointed by the Governor, four members appointed by state legislators from the opposite Party of the Governor, and the ninth member (an obvious swing vote) would be appointed by a majority vote of the Ohio Supreme Court justices. For the more than 60% of Ohio voters who are not officially affiliated with either Party, their representation would be completely eliminated.