Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Halts Judge’s E-Signature Ruling Impacting Statewide Ballot Issues

Last week, a U.S. district court judge dealt a blow to Ohio business interests by issuing an unprecedented ruling to allow electronic signature collections (instead of in-person signatures) for several pending ballot measures, while extending the signature deadlines. This would provide a lifeline to out-of-state interest groups seeking to change the Ohio Constitution to legalize marijuana, impose a $13/hour minimum wage, allow for same-day voter registration, among other actions.

Here is what has developed since the judge’s controversial ruling:

The OMA will continue to follow this development and members will be fully briefed at the OMA’s June 3 Government Affairs Committee meeting. 5/27/2020