The Ohio Right of Women to Vote for President Referendum, also known as Referendum 1 or the Reynolds Act Veto Referendum, was on the November 6, 1917 ballot in Ohio as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure rejected a legislative act that would have allowed women to vote for president electors.
| Ohio Veto Referendum 1 (1917)|
|Yes|| 422,282|| 42.63%|
Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State
Since full suffrage for women would have required an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, the Reynolds Act was a bipartisan bill passed by the Legislature only providing women the right to vote for president electors. The Act was put to the people by referendum petition. It was the third veto referendum in Ohio since initiative and referendum was enacted.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
||HOUSE BILL NO. 16 (Woman Suffrage for Presidential Electors).
The Act, known as the Reynolds Act approved by the Governor on February 21, 1917, and filed with the Secretary of State February 21, 1917, amends Section 4862 and 4940 of the General Code of Ohio. Said Act provides that women may vote and be voted for, for presidential electors.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ohio Secretary of State, "Amendment and Legislation: Proposed Constitutional Amendments, Initiated Legislation, and Laws Challenged by Referendum, Submitted to the Electors," accessed February 4, 2015
- ↑ State Library of Ohio, "Proposed constitutional amendments, initiated legislation and laws challenged by referendum, submitted to the electors," accessed February 4, 2015
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ohio Secretary of State, "Annual Report of the Secretary of State (1918)," accessed February 4, 2015
- ↑ Youngstown Vindicator, "Sustain the Suffrage Act," October 20, 1917
- ↑ Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.