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Story Archive - 2011

2011 events and elections, including the petition drives against SB 5 (worker's rights), HB 194 (voter suppression laws) and issues surrounding redistricting (HB 319).

Petition Drives

Petition drives/direct democracy are being used increasingly in Ohio to change the Constitution and pass or repeal laws. If you need more information to decide whether to sign a petition or to help a petition drive, check out this area. 

Issue 5 (2008) was an referendum to support a recently passed law that restricted the rates that could be charged by payday lenders in Ohio. It passed by 63.6% to 36.4% See this page for more information about other issues on the 2008 Ohio ballot.

Ohio 2012 ballot measures (

2023 was a important year for petition drives. In the wake of the Supreme Court's 2022 Dobbs decision, a 6-week abortion ban enacted by Ohio's Republican legislature went into effect and was stayed by a court a few weeks later. But, while in effect there was the 10-year-old rape victim who was forced to go to Indiana in order to get an abortion. Predictable callousness by Republican officials galvanized a doctor-led petition drive to enshrine protections for reproductive rights into the Ohio Constitution. This effort succeeded (despite misleading ballot language) and Issue 1 was passed by a 13 point margin in the November 2023 general election.

This success was especially notable in light of an effort by the Ohio legislature and office holders to restrict the ability of Ohioans to initiate and pass constitutional amendments through the petition process. This change to the Ohio Constitution was put forth in an August 2023 Special Election (suspicious, since they had just done away with most August elections). This effort (also Issue 1) failed.

There was also a petition drive to legalize marijuana use through statute on the 2023 November ballot as Issue 2 which passed by a wide margin.

Looking forward to 2024, a new petition drive to reform the process of drawing the dictrict maps that are used to elect representatives will begin. In 2015 and 2018, there were petition drives to place what were hoped to be the answer to gerrymandering in Ohio. Both reforms passed with votes in excess of 71%. However, the reforms were developed in conjunction with the legislature and then they chose to not even follow the rules they had helped to create as well as ignoring the Supreme Court of Ohio when they tried to enforce the Constitiution.

The 2024 effort will center around removing political actors from the process of drawing district lines entirely. The organization heading this effort is Citizens Not Politicians. Pease consider donating, volunteering, and signing the petition when you see one.

2011 Events Archive

Covers events such as the SB 5 repeal (union-busting), petition drives to repeal HB 194 (voter suppresssion) and HB 319 (redistricting), local elections, and other 2011 political events.

Van Jones coming to Columbus for 'Rock the Repeal'

Rock the Repeal

November 3, 2011, 6 pm - 8 pm

Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 1250 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

The American Dream Movement is flexing its muscle in Ohio, and Van Jones is coming to Columbus to be a part of it. This Thursday, November 3, we're gonna Rock the Repeal of Senate Bill 5 and restore the voice of hard-working, middle-class Ohioans in their workplaces by voting "No" on Issue 2.

SB5 petition drive training April 26!

Come and get 'em! Petitions to get SB5 repealed!

Tuesday, April 26

7 p.m.

Upper Arlington Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room B (downstairs)

2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 (Map)

Collect signatures to put the repeal of SB5 on the November ballot!

Last petition training session!

Sign up to fight SB5!

Last training session on how to collect signatures to get repeal on the November ballot.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

7-8:45 p.m.

Theater, Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 (Map)

Can't canvass? We still have lots of jobs for you to do. Contact

Daily SB5 Rallies

SB5 Rallies
Daily, March 29-31, 2011
9 a.m.-2 and 4-6 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse, Downtown Columbus, Ohio


The most direct attack on Ohio’s middle class in a generation, SB5, is scheduled to go up for a vote this Tuesday. Progress Ohio is calling for Families and workers from across Ohio will be out in force at the Statehouse West Lawn on Tuesday-Thursday, March 29-31, each day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

They will show our lawmakers Ohioans will not be silenced and will not have rights taken away.

Remember, these are outside events so please dress accordingly. Consider bringing your own food and water or be prepared to buy them from local businesses.

Celeste Town Hall on SB5

Thursday, March 31
6-7 p.m.
IBEW Local 683, 23 W. 2nd Ave, Columbus, OH
Representatives Michael Stinziano (D-25), Ted Celeste (D-24), Nancy Garland (D-20) and Tacy Maxwell Heard (D-26) for a Town Hall focused on SB5. This Town Hall will focus on the new changes in SB 5 that were included by the House and the timeline moving forward.

Hand in SB5 petitions

Help hand in SB5 petitions June 29

Turn over 700,000 signatures to the Secretary of State

Wednesday, June 29

10 a.m. Gather at COSI, 333 West Broad St., Columbus

11 a.m. Parade to Secretary of State office begins

12 p.m. Press conference
A barbecue at Columbus Commons will follow the press conference.


Sponsor: We Are Ohio

Rally against SB 5

Protest against Senate Bill 5

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

1 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capital Square, Columbus 43215

If ever there was a time to show up, stand up and let our voices be heard, it is now, when the fate of Ohio’s middle class is on the line. SB5 proposes to end collective bargaining for Ohio's public employees (teachers, fire fighters, police, and other civic workers)
Wear your work uniform if applicable (fire fighter uniform, scrubs, etc) OR wear red.


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