Ohio Compulsory Primaries, Amendment 1 (1926)

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The Ohio Compulsory Primaries Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have eliminated the compulsory primary election.[1][2][3]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 1 (1926)
Defeatedd No743,31364.72%
Yes 405,152 35.28%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[4]

Synopsis—By this amendment it is proposed to give to the general assembly the right to provide by law for the nomination of all elective officers, but it preserves the right to nominate by petition and if nominations are made by conventions, the delegates to the convention shall be chosen by the direct vote of the electors. The delegates to the National conventions of political parties shall be chosen as now provided by the constitution.

Be it Resolved by the people of the State of Ohio that Article V, Section 7, of the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended and a new section to be designated Section 8, of said articles be added to read as follows:


Section 7. All nominations for elective state, district, county, township and municipal officers, and for United States Senator, shall me made in such manner and by such method as may be provided by law, but the right to be nominated by petition shall be preserved, and all delegates to all political conventions shall be chosen by direct vote of the electors.
Sec. 8. All delegates from this state to the national conventions of political parties shall be chosen by direct vote of the electors. Each candidate for such delegate shall state his first and second choices for the presidency, which preferences shall be printed upon the primary ballot below the name of such candidate, but the name of no candidate for the presidency shall be so used without his written authority.


If the votes for the above proposal exceed those against it, this amendment shall take effect and original Section 7 of Article V, of the Constitution of the State of Ohio shall be repealed and annulled.

Shall the Amendment be adopted?[5]

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