COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof last week appointed State Senator Jay Hottinger
(R-Newark) to serve on the Ohio Ballot Board, which is comprised of five members, including Ohio's Secretary of State.
“It is a privilege to be chosen to serve on the Ohio Ballot Board," said Senator Hottinger. "I look forward to working with Secretary Husted and the rest of the Board to ensure that the issues put before Ohio's voters are easy to understand and consistent with the rules laid out in Ohio law."
Ohio’s Ballot Board has existed since 1974 when voters approved its creation in the Ohio Constitution. One of its main responsibilities is to draft ballot language for proposed amendments to the Constitution using simplified language so that voters understand why they are being asked to amend the Constitution.
Ohio’s Constitution permits both Ohio voters and the General Assembly with the ability to propose amendments to the Constitution. Any amendment that is proposed must ultimately be approved by Ohio’s voters. Ohio is one of 26 states that affords this right in its Constitution.