Challenging August 8 Special Election for Special Interests
COLUMBUS – One Person One Vote, the citizen-driven, grassroots, non-partisan coalition dedicated to preserving majority rule in Ohio, filed a lawsuit today in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the $20 million August special election being held at the behest of special interests.
“Our complaint asks the Ohio Supreme Court to call this election what it is: illegal. Just five months ago the General Assembly specifically prohibited all statewide special elections in August. Secretary LaRose explained that August elections have “embarrassingly low” turnout and are bad for taxpayers, election officials, voters, and the civic health of our state. To that end, the General Assembly revised Ohio law to allow elections only during November, March, or May and they’ve done nothing since that time to change the law. Constitutional amendments may be voted on in November, March or May – not August – and we’re confident the Court will agree.” said Dennis Willard, spokesperson for One Person One Vote.
“The question every voter should be asking themselves is – why August, when there was already an election scheduled for November? The answer is simple: because that’s what special interests wanted. Special interests spent millions lobbying for an August election – which will cost taxpayers $20 million – specifically because that’s when turnout is the lowest. This is an illegal special election for special interests. Period.”
The Protect One Person One Vote campaign is a citizen-driven, grassroots, non-partisan coalition representing millions of Ohio voters that has come together to protect the sacred principle of one person one vote, and preserve majority rule in Ohio.
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