Ohio Right of Women to Vote for President, Reynolds Act Veto Referendum (1917)

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The Ohio Right of Women to Vote for President Amendment, also known as Reynolds Act Veto Referendum, was on the November 6, 1917 ballot in Ohio as a veto referendum, where the legislative act was defeated. This referendum defeated a legislative act to allow women to vote for president electors.[1]

Election results

Ohio Veto Referendum 1 (1917)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No564,97257.35%
Yes 420,166 42.65%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State (1918)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

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.[2][3]

Path to the ballot

  • 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.[2][4]
  • The Act was put to the people by referendum petition. It was the third veto referendum in Ohio since initiative and referendum was enacted.[1]

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