(Update) Ohio health care amendment only initiative to file signatures so far
By Al Ortiz
COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ballot measure developments have been plentiful in Ohio. On June 29, supporters of the Senate Bill 5 veto referendum turned in a record 1.3 million signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. Around the same time, the Ohio State Legislature sent a measure to the ballot that would increase the age of judicial office holders from 70 to 76.
Now, with the 2011 petition drive deadline arriving, supporters of the proposed health care amendment are planning to submit more than 500,000 signatures to get their proposal on the 2011 ballot, according to reports.
When contacted by Ballotpedia, as of 4 p.m. EST, the only initiative to file signatures for the ballot was indeed the health care measure. The Elections Division at the secretary's office commented to Ballotpedia that it is unknown how many signatures were filed, but will know by the morning of July 7.
According to reports out of the state, however, supporters filed more than 546,000 signatures. Reports are also stating that the secretary of state's office has until July 26, 2011 to verify those signatures.
The proposed health care ballot measure calls for exempting residents of Ohio from national health care mandates which would stop any state law from forcing persons, employers or health care providers from participating in a health care system. It is being sponsored by The Ohio Project.
Supporters of any ballot proposal have until the end of the business day to submit their signatures to the secretary's office.
Measures that are initiated constitutional amendment's, such as the health care initiative, must turn in at least 385,245 valid signatures.
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