Ohio Constitutional Convention Question, Issue 1 (2012)
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The measure would have created a convention to revise, alter or amend the state constitution. The last time a constitutional convention question was on the ballot in the state was in 1992. That measure was defeated. Of the four constitutional convention questions on the ballot in Ohio, none have ever been approved.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
The following are official election results:
|Ohio Issue 1|
These results are from the Ohio Secretary of State
Text of the measure
The ballot language of the measure read as follows:
|“||At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: ‘Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution[,]" shall be submitted to the electors of the state; and in case a majority of the electors, voting for and against the calling of a convention, shall decide in favor of a convention, the General Assembly, at its next session, shall provide, by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such convention, as is provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this constitution, agreed upon by any convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same shall have been submitted to the electors of the state, and adopted by a majority of those voting thereon.
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution?
No support for the measure has been identified yet
- The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber stated, "Oppose Ohio Issue 1, Ohio Constitutional Convention: Issue 1 asks Ohio voters if there should be a convention to revise, alter or amend the Ohio Constitution. This is a ballot referral that automatically appears before voters every 20 years. The Chamber opposes Issue 1 and urges a “no” vote because it believes a constitutional convention is not the most efficient or effective process for constitutional review."
- The Akron Beacon Journal stated: "The Ohio Constitution, adopted in 1912, calls for a statewide vote, every 20 years, on the question of holding a full-fledged constitutional convention, with elected delegates. Ohio voters have never approved such a move, but the question must be posed once again this year. We recommend a “no” vote on state Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot."
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer stated opposition to the measure.
Path to the ballot
Section 3 of Article XVI calls for a question about whether to have a convention to appear on the ballot in 1932 and every twenty years thereafter.
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- Constitutional convention questions on the Ohio ballot
- The News Leader, "Capital News: Petition circulators unleashed, hoping for November ballot," February 29, 2012 (dead link)
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Issue 1," accessed September 14, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Community Press, "Chamber announces ballot positions," September 12, 2012
- Akron Beacon Journal, "No on Issue 1," October 9, 2012
- Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Plain Dealer endorsements for the general election," October 8, 2012