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2023 Election Hub · July 26, 2023

About the August 8 Election

Ohioans will head to the polls on August 8 to vote on the question of how hard it should be to amend the state constitution through the citizen initiative process.

Despite eliminating August elections last year, Ohio lawmakers have changed course and scheduled a statewide vote on August 8 on a proposal that would make it harder for citizens to amend Ohio’s constitution by initiative petition.

The timing of the August special election was designed to get ahead of a vote on abortion rights later this year. Advocates filed over 700,000 signatures in July, placing an amendment on the ballot in November to protect the right to an abortion. Statehouse republicans now want to change the results of the game and require a 60% yes vote in order to influence the outcome of important policy decisions best left to voters

Here’s what you need to know about participating in the August election:

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