By Brian Massie, Citizen Journalist
During a recent podcast Joe Miller, Jonathon Broadbent and I discussed the initiative to enshrine the right to kill babies in the State of Ohio constitution by a vote of the people on the November 2023 ballot.
Currently, to change the State Constitution requires 3/5 (60%) of the legislators to agree to place the proposed amendment on the ballot, and a majority (50% plus 1) of the voters to approve it.
Here is a link to the Ohio Secretary of State website that provides the current rules and regulations:
GENERAL ASSEMBLY INITIATED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
The members of the General Assembly represent Ohio’s voters in the legislative branch. They have the ability to pass a joint resolution which will appear as an issue on the general election ballot. Electors then have the option of voting for or against the issue. If the issue receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the issue will become a constitutional amendment.
The August 2023 special election will ask the voters to approve or disapprove the issue that says any Constitutional amendment changes must be done by 60% of the voters, which is greater than the current majority (50% plus 1) needed to amend the Constitution.
On the November 2023 ballot there will be the amendment to change the Ohio Constitution, requiring a 60% voter approval, if approved by the voters in the August special election, providing the right to kill babies. If the voters do not approve the change to 60% in the August special election, then the Constitutional amendment change will require only a majority vote for passage.
Here is Jamie Callender’s, Ohio Representative for the 57th District, response to our question on why he voted NO to prohibit the special August 2023 election.
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