What is a Ballot Initiative
The ballot initiative is a means by which citizens may propose to create, amend, or repeal a state law or constitutional provision through collecting petition signatures from a certain minimum number of registered voters. Successful initiative petition efforts result in the proposal being presented to voters within a state or other local government jurisdiction. Ballot initiatives are also referred to as ballot measures, popular initiatives, voter initiatives, citizen initiatives, and propositions.
What does it take to get an Initiative on the Ballot in Ohio
Ohio is one of several states that require a certain number of signatures to accompany the initial petition filing. The signatures of at least 1,000 qualified electors are required. Along with signatures, proponents must file a copy of the proposed measure and a summary of that measure with the Ohio Attorney General. They must also designate a committee of three to five people to represent the petitioners. After a petition has been approved, the committee may proceed with collecting additional signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. In Ohio, signatures for citizen-initiated measures must come from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. In 2022, 442,958 signatures are required for initiated constitutional amendments. Our initiative team intends to collect a lot more than this amount because some signatures will be invalidated when inspected for validity.
What is the Medical Right to Refuse Amendment
The Constitutional Amendment would read:
Section 22: Medical Right to Refuse
(A) An individual’s right to refuse any medical procedure, treatment, injection, vaccine, prophylactic, pharmaceutical, or medical device shall be absolute.
(B) No law, rule, regulation, person, employer, entity, or healthcare provider shall require, mandate, or coerce any person to receive or use a medical procedure, treatment, injection, vaccine, prophylactic, pharmaceutical, or medical device nor shall they discriminate against the individual who exercises this right.
(C) No other provision of the Ohio Constitution shall impair or limit the rights contained herein.
How do I help get this Amendment on the Ballot
If you would like to help us get the "Medical Right to Refuse" Ohio Constitutional Amendment on the ballot:
Please use our sign up form below to indicate your interest and we will reach out asap with further information.
Consider helping collect signatures for the next phase of this process. As soon as the Ballot Board gives us our next approval, we'll reach out to those who signed up below and provide a signature collection packet with instructions!
Continue to watch this website for further updates!