In addition to the myriad local elections on the ballot on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, voters also will weigh in on three statewide issues.

  • Issue 1: This proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution would: (1) increase the maximum age for assuming elected or appointed judicial office from 70 to 75; (2) eliminate the General Assembly’s authority to establish courts of conciliation; and (3) eliminate the Governor’s authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission. A “yes” vote on this issue would authorize the changes.
  • Issue 2: Voters will be asked to approve or reject the collective bargaining reform measures included in Senate Bill 5, passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. A “yes” vote on this issue means approval of the changes.
  • Issue 3: This proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution would provide that: (1) no rule or law shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system; (2) no rule or law shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance; and (3) no fines can be levied for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance. A “yes” vote on this issue would authorize the changes.

More information, including a detailed State Issues Information report, can be found on the Ohio Ballot Board’s page of the Secretary of State’s website.