Ohio Eligibility of Women for Appointment to Commissions, Proposed Amendment 4 (1913)

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The Ohio Eligibility of Women for Appointment to Commissions Amendment, also known as Proposed Amendment 4, was on the November 4, 1913 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. This amendment modified Section 4 of Article XV of the Ohio Constitution to allow for women to be appointed as members of government commissions and boards related to women and children.[1][2][3]

Election results

Ohio Proposed Amendment 4 (1913)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 435,222 63.05%
No255,03636.95%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

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The language that appeared on the ballot:

ARTICLE XV, SECTION 4

Eligibility of Women to Appointment as Members of Boards of, or Positions in, Departments and Institutions affecting, or caring for, Women and Children[3][4]

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  • The Ohio constitution at the time required that those elected or appointed to any office be qualified electors. The Ohio Attorney General determined in the winter of 1912 that this barred women from holding appointed offices. The state legislature sought to correct that by placing the amendment on the ballot.[3]

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