Casting a Vote, Shaping the Future: The Implications of Ohio’s Upcoming Ballot Issues

Nov 1, 2023

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Reports have been circulating about a notable increase in the number of early votes cast in statewide Ohio elections, with less than a week left before Election Day. Election officials predict a significant rise in both in-person and absentee ballots. Melanie Amato, the Director of Communications for the Secretary of State’s office, revealed that over 200,000 individuals had already cast their votes in person, and an estimated 110,000 mail-in ballots had been submitted.

These numbers mark an almost 20% increase compared to previous figures. The
statistics surpass the August pre-election count, which recorded 192,000 in-person voters and 93,000 mail-in ballots. On November 7th, Ohioans will head to the polling booths, where they will vote on two significant statewide issues: abortion rights and marijuana legalization.

If passed, Issue 1 would violate basic parental rights by allowing abortions up to birth,
including for minor children. It would also grant minors independence from their parents to make healthcare decisions regarding gender modification, including surgery and hormones. The issue could potentially protect abusers by granting them legal protections if they assist someone in obtaining an abortion or a sex change. This could include teachers or an adult male who is sexually involved with a minor. Text OH to 80550 for more information on this initiative.

If approved, Issue 2 would permit Ohio residents aged 21 and above to purchase and
possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and 15 grams of concentrates. It would also allow individuals to grow a maximum of six plants individually and 12 for households with multiple adults. The issue proposes a 10% tax on products, with the revenue allocated for administrative expenses, addiction treatment programs, municipalities that host dispensaries, and a social equity and jobs program.

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