Ohio Right of Women to Vote for President, Referendum 1 (1917)

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The Ohio Right of Women to Vote for President Referendum, also known as Referendum 1 or the Reynolds Act Veto Referendum, was on the November 6, 1917 ballot in Ohio as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure rejected a legislative act that would have allowed women to vote for president electors.[1][2]

Election results

Ohio Veto Referendum 1 (1917)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No568,38257.37%
Yes 422,282 42.63%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Background

Since full suffrage for women would have required an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, the Reynolds Act was a bipartisan bill passed by the Legislature only providing women the right to vote for president electors. The Act was put to the people by referendum petition. It was the third veto referendum in Ohio since initiative and referendum was enacted.[3][4][1]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[3]

HOUSE BILL NO. 16 (Woman Suffrage for Presidential Electors).

The Act, known as the Reynolds Act approved by the Governor on February 21, 1917, and filed with the Secretary of State February 21, 1917, amends Section 4862 and 4940 of the General Code of Ohio. Said Act provides that women may vote and be voted for, for presidential electors. [5]

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