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Initial Publication: 01-01-01   Latest Revision: 04-16-18 rls

Independent Voters Alliance (hamcoOHIVA)

State of Ohio

OH Ballot Initiative Ideas Page

Only twenty-three states allow ballot initiative referendums. The other twenty-seven states have no legal provision for popular legislative initiatives. The page below was written to give some ideas for initiatives that could be useful in many states. All the ideas are specifically appropriate for Ohio. Anticipated public policy results are provided for each idea.

The first IVA priority is to certify the large numbers of petition circulators needed in Ohio to participate in the nonpartisan ballot access movement.

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Ballot Access for statewide initiatives in Ohio requires 100,000* valid signatures. Then, if the Ohio legislature votes against the issue, another 100,000* signatures can force the issue onto the Ohio ballot. Big numbers of Valid signatures are required. Only very important issues are worth the effort. * The exact number is dependent upon voter turnout in previous elections.

Makes me wonder how Riverboat Gambling made it to the ballot, in 1996? One possible answer: Gaming = Gambling = Organized Crime. That is one point of view. I am glad it failed. Gaming is gambling, is a social problem. A huge chunk of money was spent to gather signatures and to promote the issue, both pro and con. Paying for petition signatures probably needs to be outlawed for the very same reason that paying for votes on election day is outlawed. Payments for votes and for petition signatures corrupt the democratic process.


1st Amendment Rights? Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people ... to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Twenty-seven states make no allowance to petition to initiate ballot referendums. The grievance in those states is Legislation without Representation by a two-party monopoly (dictatorship) with no legal means for the people to petition effectively. (Ideas) (Your Voice)

I hope our issues for initiative and referendum are about important reforms to our electoral and political systems. Together, we can build a more democratic republic. Have an idea for initiative and referendum? Email to ohiva@cs2pr.us.



Some Worthy Ballot Initiative Ideas


  1. Ohio Ballot access based on party membership: Determine Ohio political party category and ballot access status by the percentage of registered voters who register to vote as declared members of a specific political party. Ballot access and party status will no longer be based upon the percentage of votes received for a Party's Presidential and Gubernatorial candidates in even year general elections. The party categories of "minor," "intermediate" and "major" will be retained and will be defined by the same percentage of declared registered voters registered in the party as defined in current Ohio law as the percentage of votes needed to retain ballot access. Minor 5%, Intermediate 15% (?), and Major (25%) of the vote. Public Policy result: The Democratic Party and the Republican Party would lose their artificial "Major" party status that is based wholly upon political corruption. New parties could build membership to 5% to attain "Minor" party status to provide ballot access to "non-affiliated" voters. Difficult annual petition efforts would not be the only way for new parties to gain and maintain ballot access for the disenfranchised silent majority. Will make open competitive ballot access possible for citizens outside of the corrupt bipartisan monopoly.

  2. Open primary elections to allow registered Independent Voters to participate in the primary process for all bipartisan primaries on the primary ballot. Voters registered in a political party would be restricted to voting in the primary of their chosen party. Public Policy result: A majority of voters will be motivated to vote. All voters could help choose every candidate who appears on November general election ballots. Input from majority moderate voters will decrease the extreme ideological bipartisanship of candidates currently chosen by our corrupt two-party system. All candidates will need the votes of moderate electors (80%) in order to be elected to any public office.
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  3. Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for all Ohio elections for public office, national, state, and local. Each voter expresses his or her opinion of every candidate in each election for public office. Every candidate is elected by a majority of the votes between the remaining two candidates in the last decisive instant runoff. Public Policy result: Every candidate would win office with a majority of the vote. Most importantly, in a field of candidates, the voters' first choice and the popularity of each candidate would be expressed with no "wasted votes" cast. Voters would not be forced to vote for the "lesser of two evils." More voters would be inclined to participate. With a reason to cast a positive vote, turnout at the polls would climb to a healthy 60-90% of registered voters. Also, a much greater percentage of age eligible non-voters would become registered voters and actually vote.

  4. Apply Proportional Representation to select Presidential Electors for the office of President of the U.S. Presidential Electors would be split according to the Ohio popular vote for the various candidates for the office. One candidate would not be awarded the entire Ohio block of Presidential Elector votes as under current Ohio law. Public Policy result: A compromise would be achieved between the ideas of electing the President by popular vote and by the electoral college as specified by the U.S. Constitution. The need for a constitutional amendment would be eliminated. The election of the President would be done on a more democratic basis. The best features of both methods would be retained. The rights of the states and the voter would be protected.

  5. Make Payment for Petition Signatures Illegal: Paying for petition signatures should be against the law, every bit as much as buying votes on Election Day. Buying ballot access commercializes free speech and weakens grassroots democracy. Public Policy result: No political, commercial, or criminal organization will be able to buy an issue (or a candidate) onto our Ohio ballots. Any issue you see on Ohio ballots will be there due to the broad public support of individual Ohio citizens.

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    Initiative Numbers: Ten valid signatures from 10,000 petition circulators (100,000 valid signatures) nearly equals the number of valid signatures needed for statewide ballot initiative petitions in Ohio. Ten times that number of petition circulators, 100,000, would lower the number of valid signatures needed per petition circulator to only one or two signatures. Signatures from a spouse and a neighbor can transform our world. Once we have 100,000 IVA certified motivated petition circulators, we can use ballot initiatives to easily reform our Ohio political system. Even ten thousand well-motivated petition circulators across the state of Ohio can begin to accomplish ballot access miracles. Only twenty-three states have ballot initiative laws. Twenty-seven do not. Each state requires different numbers. (Top of Page)  (Your Voice)

Ballot access petitions will be available on IVA web pages and other web pages for use by populist nonpartisan citizens. Freedom is participation in power.

Be a proactive petition circulator and Election Day participant.

Be a proactive citizen in your voting precinct.

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Welcome to the populist ballot access movement.

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