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“Off Year” Election Critical This Year Due To Ballot Issues
With the exception of Presidential elections, as you know, Ohioans have bigger elections on even numbered years. The opportunity to elect all statewide office holders comes every four years (2018 is the next big election year for state wide offices) and all of the Ohio House and half of the Senate is up for election every two years. “Off year” elections generally have much lower turnout. With three important initiatives on the ballot this year, 2015 (an odd numbered year) may prove to be an exception to the “off year” rule of thumb.
While at deadline for this article the Ohio Ballot Board is meeting to finalize the language, we do know the order in which the initiatives will appear.
Issue 1 pertains to redistricting. Evidenced by the ever widening gap between the House and Senate majority republicans vs the House and Senate minority democrats, it is easy to see that the “system” for establishing legislative districts does not currently pass the fairness test. Issue 1 was passed in a bipartisan fashion by the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate. Hopefully, it will gain the support of Ohioans this November. Issues 2 and 3 will both pertain to an effort to legalize marijuana. [read more]