Ohio Referred Issue 5, Terms of Office and Vacancies (June 1976)

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The Ohio Terms of Office and Vacancies Amendment, also known as Issue 5, appeared on the June 8, 1976 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment modifies how local terms of office can be set and how state vacancies can be filled.

Election results

Ohio Issue 5 (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 954,446 58.82%
No668,15941.18%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To amend Sections 1 and 2 of Article XVII, Ohio Constitution
  1. To require municipal and county charters to provide for terms of even-numbered years for elected officers.
  2. To require vacancies in any elected state office created by Articles II and III and by or pursuant to Article IV to be filled only as provided in such articles. Vacancies and elective state offices not so created shall be filled by the governor until a successor can be elected for the unexpired term.
  3. The provision authorizing the governor to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor is repealed.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[4]

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