Ohio 2012 petition drive deadline passes with only one initiative submitting signatures

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July 5, 2012


By Al Ortiz


In Ohio, the statewide petition drive deadline for ballot initiatives seeking ballot access in 2012 was July 4, 2012. That was when supporters of initiated constitutional amendments needed to turn in 385,247. For indirect initiated state statutes, the magic number is 115,574.

According to the Secretary of State's office when contacted by Ballotpedia, the measure regarding the redistricting process in the state could be the only ballot measure voted on come fall 2012.

The secretary's office stated that the measure was the only one to file signatures.[1]

The initiative would create a 12-person citizen commission to draw legislative and congressional district maps. According to supporters of the measure, the commission would create districts that would reflect the state's geographic, racial, ethnic and political diversity. The initiative would also bar lobbyists and elected officials from joining the commission. Currently, the Ohio Legislature redraws district maps every ten years due to population shifts.

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  1. Secretary of State's office stated they would contact Ballotpedia to inform if there were other measures filed.