Election aftermath: Ohio Issues 1 and 2 fail, Issue 3 passes

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November 8, 2011

By Al Ortiz


COLUMBUS, Ohio: Approximately 80% of counties in the state have reported their numbers, and it seems two out of three measures have failed.

The most notable of the three ballot questions, Issue 2, has been defeated, with 'no' votes averaging 60% throughout the night. With these unfavorable numbers, Senate Bill 5 has finally come to an end. As of 9:50 p.m. EST, the count totaled to 904,481 opposed and 548,025 in favor. SB 5 will be repealed, as the legislation would have limited collective bargaining for public employees in the state.

Most notably, SB 5 would have prevented unions from charging "fair share" dues to employees who chose to opt out. Senate Bill 5 will impact the state's 400,000 public workers, restricting their ability to strike and collectively bargain. As it stands, the bill would only permit public employees to collectively bargain for wages, preventing them from collectively bargaining for health insurance and pensions. It would also prohibit all public employees from striking and could increase employee contributions for pensions and healthcare.

Also among the defeated was Issue 1, which would have raised the age of those occupying judicial office from 70 to 76. As of 9:50 EST, the measure had collected about 62% of 'no' votes.

The lone approved measure, Issue 3, the health care amendment, had 66% of 'yes' votes. The measure will exempt residents of Ohio from national health care mandates which would stop any state law from forcing persons, employers or health care providers from participating in a health care system.

Unofficial election results will be updated here. Final numbers will be reported by November 9, 2011.


November 8

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Judicial reform Would raise the maximum age for judicial office pursuant to election from 70 to 75. Defeatedd
VR Issue 2 Labor Would repeal a measure which limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. Defeatedd
CICA Issue 3 Healthcare Exempt residents of Ohio from national health care mandates. Approveda

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