Nichole Hannahs

Campaign Says They Have the Signatures

by Nichole Hannahs on July 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

Opponents of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law said in a press release they have enough signatures to get a repeal question on the November ballot.

The "We are Ohio" campaign reports that in Muskingum County the Board of Elections validated 4,953 signatures to repeal Senate Bill 5. The law bans public employees from striking and restricts collecting bargaining rights.

Only 782 signatures were needed in the county to reach the required 3% of total vote in the last gubernatorial election.

The campaign also said based on other counties results it has more than 800,000 valid signatures statewide. Only 231,000 were needed to get the issue on the ballot.

Secretary of State Jon Husted now has until July 26 to verify whether the opponents have met the requirements.

Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio said in a press release, "The historic number of signatures collected shows the broad based enthusiasm behind repealing Senate Bill 5."

On June 29, thousands of volunteers from the campaign marched in downtown Columbus to the Ohio Secretary of State office to deliver over one million signatures to repeal Senate Bill 5. The campaign says those signatures were more than any other petition drive in Ohio history.