Ohio Voter Bill of Rights Amendment (2014)

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The Ohio Voters Bill of Rights Amendment is not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have amended the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights, including provisions for electronic registering and updating of voter registration, voting by mail or in person for 35 days before each election and voter identification through a number of means.[1]

The measure sought to amend Section 1 of Article V of the Ohio Constitution.[1]


Committee to Represent the Petitioners

  • Alicia Reece
  • John R. Smith
  • Vernon Sykes
  • Rev. Otis Moss, Jr.

Text of measure

Constitutional changes

This measure would have amended Section 1 of Article V of the Ohio Constitution.[1] The full text of the constitutional changes proposed by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in Ohio & Amending the Ohio Constitution

Petitioners had to submit 1,000 signatures with the initial petition filing. The committee petitioning for a voters bill of rights originally submitted an initiative petition on February 4, 2014.[2] That petition was rejected by the Attorney General of Ohio on February 13, 2014, because the summary included in the petition was not a "fair and truthful representation of the proposed amendment."[3] On February 28, 2014, petitioners resubmitted their measure with changes made to the summary to meet the requirements. That version was certified by the attorney general's office on March 10, 2014.[4]

Petitioners were required to gather 385,247 valid signatures by July 2, 2014 in order for the measure to be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Signatures had to be gathered from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. From each of these 44 counties, signatures had to equal 5 percent of the vote cast for governor in that county in the last election. No signatures were submitted by the prescribed deadline.

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