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Voters to lose their voices?

To the editor: Fresh off a recent election, when people are tired of politics, the Republican majority in the Ohio Statehouse is rushing through an attack on voters’ rights to participate in direct democracy. Ohioans have had the power of citizen ballot initiatives for more than 100 years. Now Republican leaders in Ohio are trying to take away those rights with little public debate, and at a time when most families are busy getting ready for the holidays paying little attention to the state legislature.

        House Joint Resolution 19 will make it much harder for ordinary citizens and grassroots activists to put measures on the ballot for voters to consider directly. It would needlessly move up the deadline for proposed initiatives so signatures would have to be collected in the cold winter months. This means that only big money special interests with the resources to pay signature-collectors would be able to effectively gather petitions.

        The proposal would also set an expiration date for valid signatures. Voters’ opinions about what’s best for our state don’t carry an expiration date. So this is just a power grab by our gerrymandered legislature against the everyday citizens of Ohio. They call this democracy?

        We must not allow the statehouse to block the ballot for ordinary citizens while giving every advantage to big money special interests that already wield dangerous influence in our state. This attempt to take my voice, your voice, and our neighbors’ voices out of the process is wrong on every level.

Paul Szymanowski


Editor’s note: The primary sponsors of HJR 19 are representatives Sarah LaTourette, R – Chesterland, and Glenn Holmes, D – McDonald. It has been assigned to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.



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