Ohio No Elections to Fill Vacancies of Less Than One Year, Issue 2 (1969)

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The Ohio No Elections to Fill Vacancies of Less Than One Year Amendment, also known as Issue 2, appeared on the November 4, 1969 ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Ohio, where it was approved.[1] This amendment ensures that the Governor of Ohio has authority to appoint replacements for vacancies of Ohio state executive officials, and that those appointed with less than one year left in the term will not have a special election to be replaced.

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Ohio Issue 2 (1969)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,432,960 64.29%
No795,81335.71%

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

Text of measure

See also: Ohio Constitution Section 18, Article III and Section 2, Article XVII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Shall section 18 of Article III and section 2 of Article XVII of the Constitution of the state of Ohio be amended to read as follows:

Article III

SECTION 18. Should the office of Auditor of State, Treasurer of State, Secretary of State, or Attorney General become vacant, for any of the causes specified in the fifteenth section of this article, the Governor shall fill the vacancy until the disability is removed or a successor elected and qualified. Such successor shall be elected for the unexpired term of the vacant office at the first general election in an even-numbered year that occurs more than 40 days after the vacancy has occurred, provided that when the unexpired term ends within one year immediately following the date of such general election, an election to fill such unexpired term shall not be held and the appointment shall be for such unexpired term.

Article XVII

SECTION 2. The term of the office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, and the Auditor of State shall be four years commencing on the second Monday of January 1959, the Auditor of State shall hold his office for a term of two years from the second Monday of January 1961 to the second Monday of January 1963 and thereafter shall hold this office for a four-year term. The term of office of judges of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals shall be such even number of years not less than six years as may be prescribed by the General Assembly, and that of the judges of the Common Pleas Court six years, and of the judges of the probate court six years, and that of other judges shall be such even number of years not exceeding six years as may be prescribed by the General Assembly. The term of office of all elective county, township, municipal, and school officers shall be such even number of years not exceeding four years as may be so prescribed. And the General Assembly shall have power to so extend existing terms of office as to effect the purpose of Section 1 of this Article. Any vacancy which may occur in any of elective state office other than that of a member of the General Assembly or of Governor, shall be filled by appointment by the Governor until the disability is removed, or such a successor elected and qualified. Such successor shall be elected for the unexpired term of the vacant office at the first general election in an even numbered year that occurs more than 40 days after the vacancy has occurred; provided, that when the unexpired term ends within one year immediately following the date of such general election, an election to fill such unexpired term shall be held and the appointment shall be for such unexpired term. All vacancies and other elective offices shall be filled for the unexpired term in such manner as may be prescribed by this Constitution or by law.

EFFECTIVE DATE AND REPEAL

If adopted by a majority of the electors voting on this amendment, the amendment shall take effect January 1, 1970, and existing Section 18 of Article III and Section 2 of Article XVII of the Constitution of Ohio shall be repealed from such effective date.[4]

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