Ohio, USA, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Amendments

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Ohio, USA
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Amendments
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Ohio Constitution, Article XVI
Section 1
Either branch of the General Assembly may propose amendments to this constitution; and, if the same shall be agreed to by three-fifths of the members elected to each house, such proposed amendments shall be entered on the journals, with the yeas and nays, and shall be filed with the secretary of state at least ninety days before the date of the election at which they are to be submitted to the electors, for their approval or rejection. They shall be submitted on a separate ballot without party designation of any kind, at either a special or a general election as the General Assembly may prescribe.
[...] If the majority of the electors voting on the [constitutional amendment] shall adopt such amendments the same shall become a part of the constitution. When more than one amendment shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be so submitted as to enable the electors to vote on each amendment, separately.

Section 3
[...] 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.

Source: Constitution of the State of Ohio (accessed 4 August 2017)

Subject Matter:

Amending the state constitution via obligatory referendum

Actors

Author:
Legislature or Constitutional Convention : When proposed be legislature, proposed amendments must be approved by 3/5 of each legislative house (Ohio Constitution, Article XVI, Section 1).
Initiator:
Law : Constitution
Decision maker:
Electorate : The proposed amendment will pass the majority of the votes on the question are affirmative (Ohio Constitution, Article XVI, Section 1 & 3).

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
Legal source does not mention turnout quorum
Approval Quorum:
The proposed amendment will pass the majority of the votes on the question are affirmative (Ohio Constitution, Article XVI, Section 1 & 3).
Geographical Quorum:
Legal source does not mention geographical quorum
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:

Ohio Constitution, Article XVI
Section 1
[...] They shall be submitted on a separate ballot without party designation of any kind, at either a special or a general election as the General Assembly may prescribe.
The ballot language for such proposed amendments shall be prescribed by a majority of the Ohio ballot board, consisting of the secretary of state and four other members, who shall be designated in a manner prescribed by law and not more than two of whom shall be members of the same political party. The ballot language shall properly identify the substance of the proposal to be voted upon. The ballot need not contain the full text nor a condensed text of the proposal. The board shall also prepare an explanation of the proposal, which may include its purpose and effects, and shall certify the ballot language and the explanation to the secretary of state not later than seventy-five days before the election. The ballot language and the explanation shall be available for public inspection in the office of the secretary of state.
[...]
Unless the General Assembly otherwise provides by law for the preparation of arguments for and, if any, against a proposed amendment, the board may prepare such arguments.
[...]
When more than one amendment shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be so submitted as to enable the electors to vote on each amendment, separately.

Source: Constitution of the State of Ohio (accessed 4 August 2017)

Interaction With Authorities:

Ohio Constitution, Article XVI
Section 1
[...]
Unless the General Assembly otherwise provides by law for the preparation of arguments for and, if any, against a proposed amendment, the board may prepare such arguments.
[...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Ohio (accessed 4 August 2017)

Supervision And Support:

Ohio Constitution, Article XVI
Section 1
[...]
Such proposed amendments, the ballot language, the explanations, and the arguments, if any, shall be published once a week for three consecutive weeks preceding such election, in at least one newspaper of general circulation in each county of the state, where a newspaper is published. The General Assembly shall provide by law for other dissemination of information in order to inform the electors concerning proposed amendments. [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Ohio (accessed 4 August 2017)

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Practice

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