Ohio Ballot Board http://wyso.org en Ballot Board to Move on Ohio Redistricting Plan http://wyso.org/post/ballot-board-move-ohio-redistricting-plan <p>The wording of a fall ballot issue revamping the way Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts is nearing final approval by a state panel.</p><p>The Ohio Ballot Board scheduled a Wednesday meeting to certify language for the proposed constitutional amendment. &nbsp;It would strip elected officials of map-drawing powers and give them to a 12-person citizen commission.</p><p>A coalition of voter advocacy groups called Voters First is spearheading the effort. &nbsp;Backers say the current setup lets the ruling party draw district lines to its favor.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Associated Press 20758 at http://wyso.org Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum http://wyso.org/post/board-decides-ballot-language-sb5-referendum <p>COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote &quot;no&quot; at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board.</p><p>&nbsp;The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board&#39;s Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the law&#39;s opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:07:44 +0000 Associated Press 2626 at http://wyso.org Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum