Petition Summary Certified for Proposed Constitutional Amendment Regarding Reproductive Rights
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the summary of a petition entitled “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety.” The amendment would add a Section 22 to Article 1 of the state constitution.
The Attorney General’s Office received the petition summary on Feb. 21. The attorney general’s sole role in the petition process is to determine whether the language submitted by the petitioners is a fair and truthful summary of the proposed statute.
The proposal next moves to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will determine whether it contains a single constitutional amendment or more than one. If the board certifies the proposal, the petitioners must then collect signatures from registered voters equal to at least 10% of the vote cast in the most recent gubernatorial election. Those signatures must come from voters in at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties and, for each of those counties, the number must equal at least 5% of the vote cast in the most recent gubernatorial election.
If sufficient signatures are verified by the Ohio Secretary of State at least 65 days before the election, the full text of the proposed amendment will be placed on the ballot in the regular or general election that occurs subsequent to 125 days after the filing of the petition.
the petition can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Petitions.