Ohio’s Issue 1 Faces Defeat as Voters Reject the Proposal
Today and the dog days of August it was election day in Ohio.
That is thanks to state Republicans who hurriedly changed their own legislation earlier this year. To show the special election onto the calendar during the time of year, republicans themselves know typically see low turnout.
It would arrive precisely in time to enhance it even further.
From being able to enshrine abortion rights into the state Constitution this fall.
You see the ballot measure being voted on today known as Issue One would raise the threshold to amend the steak of tradition from a simple majority vote which it has been for a century to 60%.
It would come just in time to make it that much more
Difficult for what they know will be a big showdown in the fall.
That is one Ohio voters will have a chance to pass the constitutional amendment that would secure abortion rights in the state.
Basically, Ohio Republicans wanted to raise the threshold to 60% for that vote because they think that they will lose another one.
Progressives and abortion rights activists along with all sorts of good government groups including quite a few former Republican officials and current Republican officials have all rallied against this issue.
Right now, according to the Secretary of State tally, No Vote is enjoying an overwhelming lead excuse me with about two-thirds of the vote of this hour.
We are waiting for the Associated Press to make a projection.
The Columbus Dispatch newspaper has already tonight made their
Call. Issue one has failed.
Jen Mail is executive director of the Ohio illegal voters for
The coalition leading the charge against issue one.
We ran a neighbor-to-neighbor campaign on any given day. Ohioans left their homes, knocked on doors, and sent Postcards and they made phone calls and sent tax.
Our approach was straightforward: just tell Ohio, voters, the truth.
That our very freedoms were you know, at stake here. That we hold our government accountable through ballot issues
When they are acting corrupt or they are not acting in our best
What we have was really a pan-partisan movement of
Republicans, democrats, independents, the libertarians.
Civic organizations, first responders, and nurses. It’s a tremendously exciting evening because so many various groups of people are coming together to defend our freedoms here in Ohio.
Ohioans have done this a few times before, there was an attack 11 years ago or so on labour rights, same thing.
I think that those sides were very organized, they crossed every partisan divide and the yes side of things, in the end, they relate to the broader point they cannot really hide
The fact that in the end, it was all about abortion and november.
Finally, Ohio is a 60-40 state, and people saw this as a sneak attack, so those concerned about abortion access showed up.
That people far beyond that showed up and voted no because It just seemed to be this shameless attack on democracy, people saw through it and showed up and obviously voted down early and my guess is we will see their early vote,
I am sorry the day about as pretty good friends as well.
You gave it your best, and I believe you had a good win tonight for democracy and abortion access.
By the way for the future of moguls forms like any Gerrymandering would have been prohibited and rejected at this event.
Some of the best qualities that have been passed in Ohio have been done through constitutional amendments.
A lot of them did not pass by 60%, even things like integrating the national guard, did not pass by 60%.
That we have here in Ohio. We made our economy stronger.
We have extended rights, where we have awarded pensions to vets and raised the minimum wage.
All of these things are how we were able to talk to every people and get them to turn out and vote now.
Issue one in Ohio which would’ve raised the threshold for a constitutional amendment by 60% has gone down to a defeat according to the associated press.
We’re making the call through that news outlet.
The good news here is that this is part of a longer, winning streak for democracy that started last August in Kansas including some big state houses here in November and the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, there is a pro-democracy movement in this country, and it is beginning to recognize that the front lines of democracy are the states. and the state houses.
When it’s the stomach really under attack in these places, This included election-denying running secretary state Candidates.
It is rallying around these races and so my sort of call out to those who are doing this, keep seeing the attack for a state-level and a deeper level of democracy.
If you truly appreciate what we accomplished last year on stage, we can put together one heck of a winning streak
Long term. Beyond only a few federal swing states, we must concentrate on all the states where the other side is dominated by law, taking advantage of the
fact that we have not seen a battle there.
Whenever we protest and pay attention, as we did here, we can win in Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, you name it because in the end, most people in America want a functioning democracy.
They do not want what the ohio republicans are abusively trying to create here.
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