Ohio health care amendment supporters shift effort to 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio: With just about a week left before the Ohio petition drive deadline, health care amendment supporters announced that they failed to collect sufficient signatures for 2010. Instead supporters said they plan to shift their efforts to the 2011 statewide ballot. To qualify the proposed initiative for the November 2010 ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 402,275 valid signatures across at least 44 of 88 counties by June 30.
Earlier this year the proposed amendment faced difficulties with the ballot title after the Ohio Ballot Board split the measure in to two separate amendments. On April 29 the Ohio Supreme Court reversed the board's decision.
Of the petition circulation efforts Chris Littleton of the Ohio Liberty Council said, "We knew it was really a long shot." And despite 2010 being a better climate year to propose the issue Littleton said, according to The Columbus Dispatch article, waiting for the next statewide ballot will allow more time to raise funds and campaign.