Branches of Government
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Posted by: Amanda Domsitz
“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.
The concept for Issue 2 was passed by the Ohio General Assembly in an effort to prohibit petitioners from creating any amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would create a monopoly. You may recall that the casino amendment created a monopoly. Proponents of marijuana legalization, “Responsible Ohio” have crafted almost the exact same monopolistic language that was used in the casino amendment. Generally, the ONLA legislative committee urges a yes vote on Issue 2 (prohibiting monopolies).
Issue 3 would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and recreation purposes. It sets forth 10 areas where pot can be grown, etc. Generally speaking, some well-funded entrepreneurs stand to make a millions of dollars at the exclusion of other entrepreneurs and at the expense of our work force, our families and our children.
The ONLA Board has adopted a resolution IN OPPOSITION TO ISSUE 3.
Click Here to read more on the ONLA Board Resolution In Support of Issue 2 and In Opposition to Issue 3
But the battle will be bloody. Responsible Ohio (proponents) have reportedly raised around $20 million dollars to promote a yes vote. The opponents which include the American Academy of Pediatrics, religious organizations and business groups like the National Federal of Independent Businesses (NFIB) are organizing; however, it will be very difficult to match the funding Responsible Ohio has amassed.
Defeating Issue 3 will only happen with good, old fashioned door-to-door and neighborly education. Even if your neighbor is in favor of legalization, Issue 3 is NOT the way to proceed.
Stay tuned for more information on ONLA’s opposition to Issue 3 and ways you can help protect your workplace and your family.