Ohio Referred Issue 1, Joint Election of Governor and Lieutenant Governor (June 1976)

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The Ohio Joint Election of Governor and Lieutenant Governor Amendment, also known as Issue 1, appeared on the June 8, 1976 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment requires the joint election of the positions of Ohio Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (1976)
Approveda Yes 1,085,175 61.16%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To amend Article III, Section 4 and Article V, Section 2a to adopt Article III, Section 1a and 2b and to repeal Article III, Section 16, Ohio Constitution
  1. To require the lieutenant governor to be elected jointly with the governor and to require the general assembly to provide by law the method of nominating candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.
  2. To relieve the lieutenant governor of the duty of presiding over the state Senate and to provide that his duties shall be those assigned him by the governor and those prescribed by law.

Section 1b of Article III authorizing the governor to assign duties in the executive department to the lieutenant governor and the repeal of Section 16 of Article III shall not take effect until the second Monday in January, 1979.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[4]

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