Ohio 2014 ballot measures
One statewide ballot measure was certified for the May 6, 2014 primary ballot in the state of Ohio. The measure was approved by voters. No measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 general election ballot.
The certified measure, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, addressed bonds and was essentially a re-issuance of past bond measures that Ohio voters have approved several times. The 2014 legislative session began on January 7, 2014 and is projected to end on December 31, 2014.
At least seven citizen initiatives were proposed for the November ballot. The signature filing deadline for these initiatives was July 2, 2014. No signatures were submitted to the secretary of state's office. Supporters of these measures would have needed to collect the required number of signatures - 385,207 for amendments and two separate batches of 115,574 each for statutes - in order to place their initiatives on the ballot.
The proposed initiatives would have asked voters to weigh in on the following topics, had they appeared on the ballot:
- Since 1996, an average of two measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Ohio. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1996 to 2013, the number of measures on statewide ballots has ranged from one to five.
- Since 1996, 17 of 35, or 49 percent, of Ohio ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 18 of 35, or 51 percent of measures have been defeated.
- Ohio ballots have consistently featured measures during even- and odd-year elections.
On the ballot
|Issue 1||Bond issues||Funds public infrastructure projects via issuance of general obligation bonds|
Not on the ballot
|VR||Storefront Sweepstakes Ban Referendum||Gambling||Submits the state's ban on storefront sweepstakes operations to a statewide vote|
|CISS||Bottle Bill Initiative||Environment||Provides a $0.05 to $0.10 refundable deposit on all glass, mental or plastic bottles|
|Clean Energy Amendment||Energy||Provides $1,300,000 over 10 years for clean energy development|
|End Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 Amendment||Marijuana||Nullifies Cannabis Prohibition Act and provided for the legalization and regulation of cannabis|
|Prayer in School Amendment||Religion||Acknowledges right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in public schools|
|Sovereignty, Constitutional Power and Oaths Amendment||Admin of Gov't||Declares state sovereignty and makes certain constitutional oaths legally binding|
|Same-Sex Marriage Amendment||Marriage||Repeals 2004 ballot measure, thereby legalizing same-sex marriage in state|
|CISS||Medicaid Expansion Initiative||Healthcare||Extends the federally-subsidized insurance program to more low-income Ohioans|
|Bonds for Clean Energy Initiative||Bonds||Directs the General Assembly to issue $1.3 billion in bonds every year for ten years for clean energy infrastructure, research and development|
|Voter Bill of Rights Amendment||Suffrage||Extends early voting times on the weekends|
|"Right-to-Work" Amendment||Labor and unions||Keeps workers covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay union dues|
|Medical Marijuana Initiative||Marijuana||Legalizes medical marijuana|
|Personhood Initiative||Abortion||Defines a person as human at any stage of development|
- 2014 ballot measures
- Procedures for qualifying an initiative in Ohio
- Ohio signature requirements
- Campaign finance requirements for Ohio ballot measures
- Laws governing the initiative process in Ohio
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Ohio
State of Ohio
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