Ohio Issue 2, No-Excuse Absentee Voting Act (2005)
|Ohio Issue 2 (2005)|
Text of measure
- See also: Ohio Constitution, Article XVII
The language appeared on the ballot as:
(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? 
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 2 by the Committee to Provide Argument For Issue 2:
|“||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.
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.
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 2 by the Committee to Provide Argument Against Issue 2:
For all of these reasons,
VOTE NO ON ISSUE TWO.
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