Liberal group weighs health care petition protest

Aug 5, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A liberal policy group has until Friday to decide whether to challenge petitions supporting a fall ballot measure offering Ohioans a chance to opt out of portions of the national health care overhaul.

ProgressOhio launched an independent review of more than 546,000 signatures collected by Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom.  ProgressOhio Executive Director Brian Rothenberg claims initial findings suggested as many as 20 percent of petitions were flawed.

Secretary of State Jon Husted last week certified the issue for the Nov. 8 ballot, ruling 427,000 of its signatures valid. That was well over the roughly 358,000 needed.

If a challenge is successful, the measure's proponents would have 10 days to collect more signatures.