Vote 'no' on Issue 1
To the editor:
A special election is scheduled on Aug. 8 with only Issue 1 on the ballot. This is your opportunity to ensure that citizens will continue to have the right to present future citizen-initiatives for consideration.
As it stands now, Issue 1 would increase the threshold to amend the Constitution to 60 percent of voters statewide rather than the current and long-standing simple majority of 50 percent, making it virtually impossible to pass anything.
Proponents state this “protects the Constitution” which makes no sense as the existing process of majority rule has worked for 110 years. Since 1913, citizens have reviewed 71 citizen-proposed amendments and thoughtfully approved 20. Ohioans have protected the Constitution in the past with a majority and are capable of doing the same in the future.
The choice you have now is to keep the citizen-power we have or relinquish it to politicians and special interests. Because of a thirst for power, this special election was hurriedly scheduled after such elections were banned several months earlier by the same legislators. Their willingness to disrespect Ohio voters and use $20 million of taxpayer money to do it is astounding. Majority rule and democratic fairness are slipping away.
As a citizen of Ohio, only your vote can stop this attempt to take away your voice. Don’t let us be ruled by politicians and special interests. Vote no on Issue 1.