Coalition Letter in Opposition to HJR19

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Date: December 4, 2018

CC: Governor John Kasich, Ohio General Assembly, Statehouse Press Corps

Dear Speaker Smith and President Obhof,

Direct democracy is at the heart of Ohio’s values, and citizens have been using ballot initiatives for over a century. Without the ability to bring policies directly to the people through the ballot, Ohio citizens are unable to act on issues of grave importance that elected officials have otherwise ignored. The ballot initiative process is already onerous and not overused. Since 1950, only ten out of 44 ballot measures have passed (23%).

While proponents of HJR19 suggest that it will decrease money in politics, HJR19 will actually stifle grassroots efforts in direct democracy. By making direct democracy harder, only groups with access to large amounts of money and the ability to pay petition gatherers will be able to place policies on the ballot.

Our coalition is strong and growing, and we ask you to abandon this attack on Ohio’s participatory government. If you have questions, you can contact Jen Miller at the League of Women Voters of Ohio at director [at] lwvohio.org or 614.563.9543 and Catherine Turcer at Common Cause at cturcer [at] commoncause.org or 614.579.5509.

Sincerely,

A. Philip Randolph Institute of Ohio

AAUW Ohio

ACLU of Ohio

Action Together - NE Ohio

Action Together Lakewood Area

AFSCME Ohio Council 8

AHEAD: Allen & Hardin for Election Action & Democracy

All Voting is Local

Allen and Hardin for Election, Action and Democracy (AHEAD)

America Votes - Ohio

American Promise Association, Cincinnati

BlueGreen Alliance

Buckeye Environmental Network

Capital Success LLC

Cleveland VOTES

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, Region V

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

College Hill + RRT

Columbus Community Bill of Rights

Common Cause Ohio

Council on American Islamic Relations - Ohio

Dayton NAACP Youth Council

Democratic Voices of Ohio

District 14 Voice

Equality Ohio

Fair Districts Cleveland

Faith in Public Life Ohio

For Our Future Ohio

Indivisible CLE

Indivisible Columbus District 3

Indivisible Forward United NEO

Indivisible Ohio District 15

Indivisible: Ohio District 12

Innovation Ohio

IUE-CWA

League of Women Voters of Ohio

Lorain County Rising

March for Science: Cleveland

Medina County Together

Miami Valley Full Employment Council

Moving Forward Together, Ashtabula County

NAACP Cleveland Branch

National Council of Jewish Women

Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates

OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4

OH District 5 Indivisible

Ohio AFL-CIO

Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund

Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association

Ohio Conference AAUP

Ohio Conference of NAACP

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

Ohio Environmental Council

Ohio Farmers Union

Ohio Federation of Teachers

Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Ohio National Organization for Women

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Ohio Student Association

Ohio Veterans Network

Ohio Voice

Ohio Voter Fund

Ohio Voter Rights Coalition

Ohio Progressive Action Leaders

Piedmont Plus/a Sub-Group of Indivisible District 12

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio

Policy Matters Ohio

ProgressNEO

ProgressOhio

RadioactiveWasteAlert.org

RepresentUs

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Single Payer Action Network Ohio

Southeast Progressives of Franklin County

Take Back Our Republic

Thrive_At_Life: Working Solutions

UFCW Local 1059

UFCW Local 75

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio

Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio

Westshore Fair Elections

Work Group for a Bold New Democracy, Cincinnati

 

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