Senator Tavares Responds To Unfair And Biased Ballot Language
Opponents of Issue 2 excluded from drafting argument against the ballot issue

COLUMBUS– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) today criticized Secretary of State Jon Husted and the majority of the Ballot Board for excluding opponents of State Issue 2 from drafting an official argument against the anti-monopoly amendment.  The argument written by the Secretary of State’s Office and adopted by the board includes inflammatory words that do not accurately reflect the view of opponents.

“People who oppose a ballot amendment should be the ones writing the argument against it. That’s just common sense,” said Senator Tavares.  “I joined with other legislators in voting against the so-called anti-monopoly amendment because it limits Ohioans’ ability to amend the state constitution and it could have unintended consequences.”

The last time the General Assembly placed an amendment on the ballot without unanimous support (a proposed amendment to raise the retirement age of judges), legislators who opposed the amendment wrote the ballot arguments against it.  This time the Senate President and Speaker of the House failed to appoint anyone to write the opposition argument despite recommendations by minority leadership to appoint Senator Tavares and Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland).  The result was a process that did not include any women or minority appointees.

Senator Tavares and Rep. Howse wrote and submitted an opponent argument, but the Ballot Board rejected it.

“Ohio voters deserve to hear two opposing points of view when they are deciding how to cast their ballots,” said Senator Tavares.  “It’s wrong to play games that tilt the playing field one way or another.  Issue 2 should pass or fail on its own merits.  That’s how our system is designed to work.  That’s democracy.”

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