Ballot language should mirror amendment because voters deserve clarity
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Today, Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights submitted recommended ballot language to the Ohio Ballot Board for the proposed constitutional amendment entitled The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety. On Thursday, August 24, the board will set the language for the November 7 General Election.
Speaking on behalf of Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, Lauren Blauvelt said, “The language we’ve submitted to the Ballot Board for consideration is the literal text of the amendment. A summary of this language has already been certified by the Ohio Attorney General as ‘fair and accurate.’ Any attempt to alter wording away from the text of the amendment should be seen for what it is: an attempt to confuse and mislead voters.”
The ballot language submitted by Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights precisely mirrors the language of the amendment itself, because voters deserve to see the literal amendment language when voting. The ballot language submitted also mirrors the language of the petition summary, which was certified by the Ohio Attorney General as a “fair and truthful” summary of the amendment.