Slots referendum certified for Ohio ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio: The Ohio Slot Machines Veto Referendum will be appearing on the ballot this Fall for voters to decide whether to implement Gov. Ted Strickland's plan for video slot machines. On Friday, March 26, the Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner certified the proposed measure after determining that approximately 321,389 total valid signatures were submitted. Referendum supporters were required to collect a minimum of 241,365 valid signatures in order to place the referendum on the 2010 ballot. Supporters submitted 325,496 signatures, about 84,000 more signatures than required. However, in January 2010, Brunner said that of the submitted signatures only 214,301 were valid, falling 27,000 signatures short. An additional 177,000 signatures were filed in February.
- Minimum required signatures: 241,365
- Filed signatures (1st attempt): 325,496
- Valid signatures: 214,300
- Filed signatures (2nd attempt): 177,000
- Total valid signatures: 321,389