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Petition Activities Page


Open Ballot Access Petition Drives

 Local Initiative/Referendum Petitions None identified beyond 2006. Please advise if you know of an active petition to put an issue on Local Ballots that is not posted here.

 Form Minor Ohio Political Parties NOTE: Four known possibilities exist to circulate ballot access petitions to form Minor Ohio Political Parties for elections beyond 2006. None have a goal for completion.

 Statewide Active OH Initiative/Referendum Petitions

 Prior Issue Worth a New Effort: Cincinnati, ISSUE #?, Charter Amendment to put partial public financing of election campaigns back on the ballot. Clean Elections. A brief history. (Top of Page)


2006 Initiative Issue Results (Top of Page)

The Candidates and Issues on the November 7, 2006 ballot, from the Hamilton County Board of Elections on a pdf as of October 5, 2006: G06CANISS.pdf Read it to decide on your votes. Some comments are below, with a few recommended votes. Results Shown Below After Each Issue.

 Issue #1: Withdrawn from the ballot. Related to workman's compensation.

 Issue #2: Vote Yes. Raise the Ohio minimum wage to $6.85 as of January 1, 2007. Implements an Annual Minimum Wage Adjustment based upon inflation in the preceding year. Employees under the age of sixteen and small businesses will be subject only to federal wage laws. Passed: By >12%. 2,025,997 yes votes 56.17%, and 1,581,187 no votes 43.83%.

 Issue #3: Vote No. Another Scheme to legalize Gambling by making False Promises to Fund Education. 55% goes to Gambling Interests and only 30% to a Board of Regents (Probably Controlled By Organized Crime) That will Never Reach any Student.  Gaming = Gambling = Organized Crime. Don't believe the lies. Failed: By >13%. 1,609,342 yes votes 43.13%, and 2,121,620 no votes 56.87%.

 Issue #4: Vote No. Invalidates all Non-Smoking ordinances currently in effect. Does not Ban smoking in Public Areas anywhere. Expands Public Smoking Areas by Retroactively invalidating previously passed laws. Failed: By >26%. 1,334,586 yes votes 35.66%, and 2,407,575 no votes 64.34%.

 Issue #5: Vote Yes. Bans Public Smoking to Protect Workers and the Public from Second Hand Smoke. Excellent Public Health Law. Provides for Enforcement and Imposes Penalties for Violations of Smoking Restrictions. Passed: By >16%. 2,185,659 yes votes 58.28%, and 1,564,833 no votes 41.72%. (Top of Page)

 Issue Results From Previous Ballots: 11-04-03 Ballot

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Local Initiative/Referendum Petitions

 None identified beyond 2006. Please advise if you know of an active petition to put an issue on Local Ballots that is not listed. (Top of Page)


Petition Coordinator Contacts Status

 Petition Coordinator Contacts How many signatures do we have and how many are still needed on the petition(s) you chose to circulate? Check progress on completion of the petition(s). (Top of Page)


Petitions to Form Ohio Political Parties

 Ohio Petitions to Form a Political Party (4)

Minor Party Ballot Access Petitions, if shown below as a link, can be downloaded so you can help obtain valid petition signatures to put the party(s) you choose on Ohio ballots. Each party will have to get 5% of the popular vote in Gubernatorial and Presidential elections to retain ballot access for each minor party in subsequent years. Petitions are a lot of work to have just one to two years of ballot access for one minor party. One alternative is to get ballot access for a cooperative party such as the IVA to be used by all minor parties and nonpartisan independents.


Continuous Cooperative Ballot Access: A cooperative minor party can get the valid signatures needed to maintain continuous ballot access year after year. Required valid petition signatures for independent candidates will decrease 400% to 6,700% when they petition as cooperative Minor Party (IVA) candidates. Many more nonpartisan candidates can be on ballots all over Ohio. We can loosen the stranglehold of the bipartisan two-party monopoly on our political process. The populist nonpartisan silent majority can get in the game. (Top of Page) (Your Voice)

A Little History: Minor party candidates can retain ballot access for their Party if they get 5% of the popular vote in gubernatorial or presidential elections. However, the last minor candidate to get 5% of the vote was Ross Perot on the Reform Party ballot for President in 1996. Perot got 8%. The 1995 petition to put the Reform Party on the ballot succeeded only after winning a ballot access suit in Ohio courts brought against the bipartisan Ohio Secretary of State. Today there are no minor parties with ballot access to retain. Will votes for independent candidates count toward minor party ballot access? Ohio law is unclear on the point, which all but guarantees a court challenge by the bipartisan two-party monopoly. Would the designation of "Other Party" on the ballot help to obtain ballot access for the minor party of the candidate's choice? If an "Other Party" independent candidate does get the required 5% of the vote, we could sue for ballot access in court. A bipartisan challenge to our suit would be likely. A year or two of ballot access is the best possible result from any such difficult suit.

Cooperative Ballot Access: Getting continuous IVA Cooperative Minor Party ballot access by petition may be the best ballot access alternative. Valid signature numbers would be easier to obtain with a cooperative effort to maintain continuous ballot access for everyone:


Minimum Ohio Cooperative Party Ballot Access Numbers: Twenty signatures with over 50% valid from 4400 reliable petition circulators will give us the 44,000 valid signatures needed. With 4400 IVA certified petition circulators we will have enough participants to get the signatures in a reasonable time with a little effort from each participant. (Note: 4400 x 20 equals 88,000 total signatures to submit.)

To have a workable minimum base of 4400 petition circulators, each of the 88 Ohio counties can average 50 petition circulators in each county, or each of the 18 U.S. Congressional Districts can average 244 petition circulators in each district.

Continuous Cooperative Ballot Access: Twenty signatures every two years from 4,400+ OHIVA petition circulators (88,000+ signatures) from friends, neighbors, and family will certify OHIVA ballot access for all future elections. Every legislative candidate using OHIVA ballot access will need just 25 valid signatures, not 1000s, for ballot access. Statewide candidates will need just 1000, not 5000 valid signatures. With ballot access assured, nonpartisan candidates can successfully compete with the bipartisan monopoly.

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Your Feedback needed: Three minor party committees are known by the IVA to have prepared a petition to circulate. None have a current active drive with a goal set to turn in petitions. If you are reading this and know of petition plans to form a minor Ohio political party, please contact us so the petition or link to the petition can be added to this page.

Provide an Adobe Acrobat file of the original petition and we will post it here for IVA and independent participants to download and circulate to form the new Minor Party. If help is needed with scanning the petition or making the Adobe Acrobat file, IVA participants will provide some instruction or assistance as needed. IVA participants want to help.

Write (hamco at for help.


Click the links below to download and print the petitions. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program on your computer. See top of page. Contact the Party to motivate them to work on their petition.

Green Party of Ohio
Ballot Access Petition No Petition Effort in Process Now! Contact Party for petition Efforts for 2010.

Independent Voters Alliance (IVA) 
(Cooperative Ballot Access Petition Not Created) STRATEGY CC Page

Libertarian Party (LPO)
(Ballot Access Petition) Contact the party for status.

Natural Law Party (removed links)
Ballot Access Petition Not Active, No Longer a Politiccal Party!

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Nonpartisan CANDIDATES

Independent and Minor Party Candidates
Petitions/Web Pages for minor candidates are located on:
The Nonpartisan Candidates on Your Ballot (Petitions/Web Pages)

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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.

A Little Effort A Lot of Liberty

Welcome to the populist ballot access movement.

Web_Page_Manager, Acting Hamilton County IVA Chair, Email

(Your Voice) IVA pdf-Participation Form | (End of Page)
Contact a Nearby IVA and Host a Meet up in Your Home or Dorm

Local IVA Pages Guide:

(IVA Priority) Certify Petition Circulators

(Your Voice) Manage IVA Web Pages

(Your Voice) Meet ups, Coffees, and Speakers

(MEETING) (Saturday) (Monthly) (Not Required)

(Petitions/Web Pages) Nonpartisan Candidates on Your Ballot

(Initiative/Party) THIS PAGE Active Petitions 

(Nonpartisan Candidate) Can You Stand for Public Office? (Qualify at 18 yrs.) (Gen X, Y Issues)

(Your Privilege) Proactive Citizenship

(Directory) Countywide Local IVA Home Page Links 

(Directory) Precinct Local IVA Home Page Links

(Download, Print) Local IVA Documents

(A Civics100 Lesson) Political ID Card

(Links to Learning) Study Hall, Today's Politics

(Positive, Creative Blogs) Sounding Board (Improve the Politics We Live With)

(Referenda) Ohio Ballot Initiative Ideas Page

(Ohio Income Tax Credit) $50 for your Political Use

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(Directory) Ohio IVA Central Committee (Members Needed Your Voice?)



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Prior Cincinnati Initiative Issue (Top of Page)

 Local Referendum for Clean Elections:
City of Cincinnati voters can support the campaign to Keep big money out of City government by voting "YES" when the issue again appears on the ballot. Public financing of candidate campaigns is called "Clean elections" in Arizona and Maine. Both states have had good results. Many choices are on ballots and more candidates are in debates. Candidates without special interest money have a voice to compete with corrupt bipartisan politics. We can have "Clean" elections also. We may want to change from the word "fair" to "clean" to follow their successful examples.

   Fat Cat

Vote YES


Issue # ?

Partial Public financing of campaigns for City Councilman and Mayor will be on the ballot again by a new nonpartisan effort, in November 200? or 200?. This issue affects every person who lives and works (income tax), or shops (sales tax) in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hamilton County. 

Issue 8 was put on the ballot  on November 8, 2002 to "gut" the Campaign Finance Reform that was passed in November 2001 as Issue 6, just one year before. The FAT CATS want to stay in control. They wanted to defeat PARTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING before it was tried, so no one could be elected by Clean Elections to represent the people of Cincinnati on city council.

They wanted to keep on buying elections. They won on Issue 8. They will not win the next round.

The FAT CATS paid for petition signatures to put Issue 8 on the 2002 ballot. In 2001 the voters approved Campaign Finance Reform. The 2001 petitions were completed by average citizens for no pay, not by paid petition circulators. The effort was nonpartisan and more democratic with a small "d." 

Issue 6 passed with "3,000" more votes than the votes that passed Issue 8. When we have a bigger voter turnout in the next round,  the charter amendment with Partial Public Financing will again pass. The issue must pass if we want Clean Elections in Cincinnati. Vote YES when the issue again appears on your ballot. And we will have Clean Elections in Cincinnati.

The next referendum will contain a ban on any paid petition signatures obtained to put a referendum on a City of Cincinnati ballot. Buying petition signatures is equivalent to buying votes on election day. Neither should be tolerated.

  • Reduce the influence of big money in campaigns

  • Put elections into the hands of ordinary citizens

  • Provide timely and complete contributor information

  • Fight the cycle of incumbency and bought elections

  • End "paid for" referendum issues on City ballots

Vote "YES" on Issue # ?, on the ballot in 200? or 200?

(In 2001, the petition to alter the City of Cincinnati charter to allow public financing of City Council and Mayoral elections was voted onto the ballot by Cincinnati City Council on September 6, 2001. A total of 6,845 valid Cincinnati voter signatures were needed, and 11,700 were obtained. A lot people worked to get the signatures. The signatures for Issue 8 were paid for by Cincinnati Fat Cats.)

Now, we will need to work to get out the vote to pass the issue again when we put Clean Elections back on the ballot.

Public financing of Cincinnati elections will help make equal representation a reality in Cincinnati. No new taxes will be required. Income tax money already collected from non-resident tri-state employees working in Cincinnati will help pay the costs. The City budget will pay less than $3 per Cincinnati resident per year for clean elections based on population numbers. The large number of non-resident employees increases the taxes collected, so the budget cost paid for each Cincinnati voter will be less than $3 per year. The amount in the Cincinnati budget for clean elections will be no more than 0.2% of the total budget, a very small amount to pay for all the corruption it will eliminate. 

With a less corrupt election system, not awash in money, the budget for each person in the tri-state may have saved much more than $3 per year in the past few years. The stadiums cost about $3 per person for every million dollars in stadium cost overruns and stadium financing. The IVA figures the budget costs of the Stadiums at three thousand dollars per family for the sole benefit of private enterprise (Bengals and Reds). Taxes paid by Cincinnati areI think there will be a get conversation and something that should be the foundation of our talks!a families did not have to be misspent, wasted, on corporate welfare. Clean Elections will be good for Cincinnati.

The stadiums are just one example of costs passed on to the citizens of Cincinnati. Public financing of elections will save everyone a lot of money over time. The fat cats will lose their free access to our tax dollars.

The Clean Elections public financing of campaigns will open our elections up for candidates who will represent the people of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Business community fights public financing because they will no longer control city councilpersons. Cincinnati will be able to build a better tax base to improve and maintain our Cincinnati public schools. Our city government will no longer be run for the sole benefit of private interests. Clean Elections lead to clean city government.

"Big Bucks" Flyers will be available to use in the new petition effort. Call the Fair Elections Cooperative to obtain petitions and the flyers needed to put the issue back on the ballot. You can help in other ways too!

PETITION: Learn to be an expert petition circulator in about one hour. Classes are being set up to give you a voice in local government.

Poll Workers: After the issue is on the ballot, we will need to get out the vote to pass the issue. To show support, you can work at the polls for a few hours on election day to pass out literature and ask for a "YES" vote when the issue is back on the ballot, and it will be. Your help will pass the issue next time. Meet some new friends who believe in a more democratic republic. Contact the IVA or Citizens for Fair Elections, 

Bill Woods or Alice Schneider, 381-4994

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Do your part for Clean Elections in Cincinnati.

Learn to, and then circulate a petition. Put the issue on the ballot. Get out the vote. Friends, family, and neighbors.

VOTE "YES" on ISSUE #? Coming soon to a polling place near you?

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