Ohio Initiative and Referendum System, Amendment 3 (1939)

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The Ohio Initiative and Referendum System Amendment was on the November 7, 1939 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article II of the Ohio Constitution by adding a new Section 1 (h) to change requirements to qualify initiatives for the ballot, including changing from an indirect initiated state statute system to an initiated state statute system.[1]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 3 (1939)
Defeatedd No1,485,91978.51%
Yes 406,612 21.49%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

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The language that appeared on the ballot:

An amendment to the constitution of the state of Ohio proposing the adoption of a new section to be known as Section 1 (h) of Article II.

This amendment provides that the signatures of at least 100,000 qualified electors to be secured at large shall qualify an Initiative Petition proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Ohio; it further provides that the signature of at least 50,000 qualified electors to be secured at large shall qualify an Initiative Petition proposing a law on any subject whatsoever, the full text of which shall be set forth in the petition. Proposed laws are to be submitted direct to the voters without first submitted to the Legislature. The present provision that the ward and precinct of signers shall be state is abolished and there is substituted the requirement that only the residence address showing city or township shall be required. [2][3]

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