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Proposed Voters Rights Amendment Won’t Be on Ohio’s Ballot This Year

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

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Voters walk into a polling place in Cleveland's Central neighborhood. (Nick Castele / ideastream)

Ohio voters won’t get the chance to vote this fall on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give voters a bill of rights. From the Ohio Statehouse New Bureau in Columbus, Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reece is with a group that’s been collecting signatures for that campaign says it doesn’t have enough to put the issue on the ballot this fall.

“We are continuously collecting petitions,” Reece said. “We are around 100,000 and growing, and people are continuously dropping off more petitions. And again, done on a shoestring budget with grassroots folks, and calls are still coming in of people trying to drop off petitions.”

Reece says the group will continue to circulate petitions in the coming months at a variety of events. She says the group might be able to put the issue on the ballot in the fall of next year. In order to get it on the ballot this November, amendment supporters would have had to collect roughly 385,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by the close of business Wednesday.

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