PGI logo cropped.png
Congressional Millionaire’s Club
The Personal Gain Index shines a light on how members of Congress benefit during their tenure.





Ohio Issue 2, No-Excuse Absentee Voting Act (2005)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Voting on
Elections and Campaigns
Campaignsandelections.jpg
Ballot Measures
By state
By year
Not on ballot
Ohio Constitution
Seal of Ohio.svg.png
Preamble
Articles
IIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXVXVIXVIIXVIIISchedule
The Ohio No-Excuse Absentee Voting Amendment, also known as Issue 2, was on the November 8, 2005 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have provided that "any person qualified to vote in an election is entitled during the thirty-five days prior to the election to receive and to cast a ballot by mail or in person at the county board of elections or additional location designated by the board. No reason for casting such a ballot shall be required. When a ballot is mailed to an elector, the county board of elections shall also provide a pre-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope for returning the ballot to that county board of elections."

Election results

Ohio Issue 2 (2005)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,840,65863.34%
Yes 1,065,109 36.66%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

See also: Ohio Constitution, Article XVII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
(Proposed by Initiative Petition)

To adopt Section 6 of Article XVII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio.

In order to expand to all electors the choice to vote by absentee ballot in all elections, this amendment would:

Provide that any person qualified to vote in an election is entitled during the thirty-five days prior to the election to receive and to cast a ballot by mail or in person at the county board of elections or additional location designated by the board. No reason for casting such a ballot shall be required. When a ballot is mailed to an elector, the county board of elections shall also provide a pre-addressed, postage pre-paid envelope for returning the ballot to that county board of elections.

An elector to whom a ballot has been mailed, but which has not been received by the issuing county board of elections prior to the election, may cast a provisional ballot on election day. If the elector’s first ballot is received by the tenth day following the election, the provisional ballot shall not be counted. A ballot which is received by the issuing board by mail no later than the tenth day following the election shall be treated as timely cast if it contains a postmark not later than the day of the election.

A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.


SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED? [4]

Support

Arguments in favor

The following reasons were given in support of Issue 2 by the Committee to Provide Argument For Issue 2:[3]

Vote YES to expand to all Ohio registered voters the option to vote up to 35 days prior to Election Day by mail or in person at the appropriate local board of elections.

Long lines at voting booths in recent years, inclement weather and work demands of Ohioans have discouraged some citizens from voting on Election Day. Issue 2 will make voting more convenient and easier for all Ohioans. Currently, only a few categories of persons are permitted to vote early by absentee ballot.

  • Issue 2 will allow all Ohioans to vote by mail.
  • Issue 2 will allow all Ohioans to vote in person at their local board of elections.
  • Issue 2 will allow Ohioans to vote up to 35 days prior to Election Day.
  • Issue 2 will make voting more convenient and increase the opportunity to vote.
  • Issue 2 will increase voter participation by Ohioans in elections.

Increased participation in elections will make government more accountable to the people of Ohio and combat undue influence by a few and the corruption that currently pervades state government.

RESTORE CONFIDENCE

END CORRUPTION

VOTE YES

[4]

Opposition

Arguments against

The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 2 by the Committee to Provide Argument Against Issue 2:[3]

  • First, the adoption of this amendment is likely to lead to a significant increase in cases of fraudulent voting in Ohio, as experienced in other states that have adopted similar proposals. The proposed amendment does not contain a reliable method to protect the integrity of votes cast early, nor does it provide adequate safeguards to ensure that only eligible and qualified voters would be able to use these procedures.
  • Second, this amendment is not necessary because Ohio law already contains generous absentee voting provisions. Currently, any Ohio voter with a legitimate reason for being absent on Election Day can obtain an absentee ballot. In fact, there are 16 reasons that allow absentee voting under current Ohio law, including: military service; health and physical disability issues; work related issues; being age 62 or older; or, simply that the voter expects to be absent from the county on Election Day for personal reasons.
  • Third, the proposed amendment does not ensure that every Ohioan will have the same opportunity to vote early. The amendment does not establish a statewide standard that must be followed for designation of times and locations for early voting. The rules governing early voting could vary widely from county to county, because the amendment gives each county Board of Elections the discretion to designate the times and locations for early voting.

For all of these reasons,

VOTE NO ON ISSUE TWO.[4]

See also

BallotpediaAvatar bigger.png
Suggest a link

External links

References