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State of Ohio November 6, 2012 Election
Issue 1
Question presented pursuant to Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
State of Ohio

Majority Approval Required

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Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio reads as follows:

"At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: `Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution[,]' shall be submitted to the electors of the state; and in case a majority of the electors, voting for and against the calling of a convention, shall decide in favor of a convention, the general assembly, at its next session, shall provide, by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such convention, as is provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this constitution, agreed upon by any convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same shall have been submitted to the electors of the state, and adopted by a majority of those voting thereon."




Summary Prepared by League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund:
Under the Ohio Constitution, every 20 years voters are asked: "Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution?" If voters decide in favor of the constitutional convention, the General Assembly will make provisions concerning electing delegates for a convention to revise, amend or change the Ohio Constitution. The delegates to the constitutional convention may agree on amendments, which must be approved by the voters before taking effect. A constitutional convention was last held in 1911.

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Arguments For Issue 1 Arguments Against Issue 1
1. Portions of the Ohio Constitution should be revised and the General Assembly has not acted to revise them.

2. Holding a constitutional convention will permit citizens to place amendments before the voters without the approval of the General Assembly.

1. The Ohio General Assembly should propose revisions as recommended by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.

2. Special interests may dominate the convention.

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