130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. J. R. No. 2  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. J. R. No. 2


Representative Stinziano 



A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing to amend Sections 2 and 20 of Article I, Section 1 of Article II, and Sections 1, 2, 4, and 6 of Article V of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to set forth in the Constitution of the State of Ohio a specific right to vote and requirements attendant thereto.

       Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, three-fifths of the members elected to each house concurring herein, that there shall be submitted to the electors of the state, in the manner prescribed by law at the general election to be held on November 5, 2013, a proposal to amend Sections 2 and 20 of Article I, Section 1 of Article II, and Sections 1, 2, 4, and 6 of Article V of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to read as follows:

2.   All political power is inherent in the people. Every elector has the right to vote in the exercise of political power. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform, or abolish the same, whenever they may deem it necessary; and no special privileges or immunities shall ever be granted, that may not be altered, revoked, or repealed by the General Assembly.

       Section 20.   This enumeration of rights shall not be construed to impair or deny others retained by the people; and all powers, not herein delegated, remain with the people. Nothing in this constitution shall be deemed to deny, diminish, or impair the rights of any elector qualified to vote in any election in this state.

       Section 1.   The legislative power of the state shall be vested in a General Assembly consisting of a senate and house of representatives but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose to the General Assembly laws and amendments to the constitution, and to adopt or reject the same at the polls on a referendum vote as hereinafter provided. They also reserve the power to adopt or reject any law passed by the general assembly, any codified section of any law as contained in a law passed by the general assembly, or any item in any law passed by the general assembly, whether or not appropriating money passed by the General Assembly, except as hereinafter providedin accordance with the requirements of this constitution; and independent of the General Assembly to propose amendments to the constitution and to adopt or reject the same at the polls. The limitations expressed in the constitution, on the power of the General Assembly to enact laws, shall be deemed limitations on the power of the people to enact laws.

       Section 1.   Every citizen of the United States, of the age of eighteen years, who has beenis a resident of thethis state, county, township, or ward, such time as may be provided by law, and has been registered to vote for thirty days, has the qualifications of an elector, and is entitled to vote at all elections. Any elector who fails to voteknowingly votes more than once in at least oneany election during any period of four consecutive years shall cease to be an elector unless he again registers to votebe disenfranchised, subject to restoration by a court of competent jurisdiction.

        As used in this section, "election" means any federal, state, district, or local election or any combination of them, whether a general, primary, or special election.

       Section 2.   All elections shall be by ballot, and the results of an election shall be verified by audit if the margin of difference between the number of votes received by the top two candidates in any race or the number of votes in favor of or against any ballot issue or question is less than one per cent.

       Section 4.   The General Assembly shall have power to exclude from the privilegeright of voting, or of being eligible to office, any person convicted of a felony, except no such individual shall be denied the franchise or be determined ineligible unless incarcerated upon such felony conviction.

       Section 6.   No idiot, or insane person,person who has been adjudged incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction or who, by virtue of benefits received, has been adjudged to have a mental disability that prevents the person from being competent to vote shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector.

EFFECTIVE DATE AND REPEAL

       If adopted by a majority of the electors voting on this proposal, Sections 2 and 20 of Article I, Section 1 of Article II, and Sections 1, 2, 4, and 6 of Article V as amended by this proposal shall take effect immediately and existing Sections 2 and 20 of Article I, Section 1 of Article II, and Sections 1, 2, 4, and 6 of Article V of the Constitution of the State of Ohio shall be repealed effective immediately.

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