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Nonpartisan Resources for the 
August 8 Election

What is Issue 1?

Click here to download our nonpartisan voter guide which provides the full ballot language, and arguments for and against Ohio’s Issue 1. to download the guide.


Information about Issue 1 and the August 8 election is also available on Vote411.org. 

OHIO ELECTION INFORMATION:
Special Election August 8th, 2023

 OHIO ELECTION INFORMATION: Special Election August 8, 2023

Special statewide Election on August 8, 2023

WHAT:

WHAT IS BEING VOTED ON?

WHAT IS ISSUE 1

Special Statewide Election on August 8, 2023.

There is just one issue on the ballot for this election: Issue 1.

Issue 1, if approved by the voters, would amend the Ohio Constitution:

  • To alter the simple majority rule of 50% + 1, that has been in effect since 1912, and apply the new 60% passage rate to amendments proposed by citizen petitions, by the General Assembly and by constitutional conventions.

  • To change the signature requirements for petitions for citizen-initiated amendments, which currently must include signatures from at least 10% of the votes in the last governor’s election and 5% of the governor’s vote in 44 counties, to 10% of the votes in the last governor’s election and 5% of the governor’s vote in all 88 Ohio counties

  • To eliminate the 10-day “cure period” during which signatures on petitions for citizen-initiated amendments that are determined to be inadequate because of changes in addresses on the voting rolls or for other reasons may be updated.

WHAT IS BEING VOTED ON?

There is just one issue on the ballot for this election: Issue 1.

HOW TO VOTE -

3 WAYS 

1) Absentee voting aka voting by mail

2) Voting early in person at county Board of Elections, starting July 11, 2023

3) In person on Election Day, August 8, 2023

ABSENTEE VOTING

Request your absentee ballot: 

  • Get from: your county Board of Elections - OR - print ballot request form from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website: voteohio.gov.

  • Fill out and sign the request form.

  • Deadline for requesting absentee ballot: must be received by county Board of Elections by 8:30 p.m. on August 1, 2023

Once your absentee ballot arrives: Complete and make sure to sign your ballot; including providing ID (same as ballot application form).

Mail absentee ballot in or drop it off at your county Board of Elections ASAP.

  • Your ballot must be postmarked by August 7th if mailed, or received by your county Board of Elections before 7:30 p.m. on  August 8th. (Note: voters cannot drop absentee ballots at polling locations on Election Day.)

  • Absentee ballot progress can be tracked through the Secretary of State.

ID required on request form:

  • Last 4 digits of Social Security number OR

  • Full driver’s license number OR

  • Copy of other accepted ID, which includes US passport or passport card, US military ID card, Ohio National Guard ID card, or Veteran Affairs ID card

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING

Located at county Board of Elections

Schedule:

  • July 11-14: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • July 17-21: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • July 24-28: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • July 31: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • August 1: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • August 2-4: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • August 5: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • August 6: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Reminder: There is no longer Early Voting on the Monday before Election Day


Photo ID needed:

  • Ohio BMV-issued driver's license or state ID

  • US Military, US Dept of Veterans Affairs, or Ohio National Guard card

  • US Passport Book/Card

POSTERS

  • To get the word out about the August 8th Special Election in your community, we have 8.5" x 14" Get Out the Vote posters with original art by Ohio artist Cyndi Bellerose available. For a limited time, we can mail these to you, or we can share the digital file; please reach out to lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org if you would like us to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download a copy of the poster.

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