Federal court lawsuit asks judge to strike down Ohio referendum law

Thu, Oct 30 2008

A Virginia-based organization said Wednesday it is asking a federal judge to declare unconstitutional an Ohio law regulating the voter referendum process, and to permanently block its enforcement.

Citizens in Charge, a Woodbridge, Va. group, said it joined other Ohio plaintiffs in filing a complaint to overturn three sections of law that make it more difficult to place new statutes before voters for review.

“Ohio’s regulations are so draconian that only two referendums have qualified for the ballot in the last 79 years,” said Paul Jacob, the group’s president.