The Washington Post reports:
Ohio voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to make it harder to amend the state constitution in a special election that has tremendous implications for the fate of abortion rights in the state.
For more than a century, Ohio voters have been able to amend the state constitution with a simple majority. The measure up for a vote on Tuesday would change that threshold to 60 percent.
If voters approve the amendment, they will set a much higher bar for passing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing abortion rights that is scheduled for November. Because of those stakes, Tuesday’s election has become a proxy fight over abortion.
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The line for early voting at the Franklin County Board of Elections is wrapped around itself all the way to the back of the building 🤯
I have literally never seen a line to vote this long in my life! pic.twitter.com/noiGTJrjZU
— Colleen Craig (@steeltownbetty) August 6, 2023
Ohio sees massive voter turnout on GOP ballot question to protect state constitution from liberal activists https://t.co/2aSIjZwxgq
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2023
Although there are still outstanding absentee ballots to be counted, the final pre-Aug. 8 election early vote numbers are in. 695,561 Ohioans have voted early.
That’s around 8.7% of overall voter turnout and more than the 638,708 that voted overall (8% turnout) in August 2022.
— Andrew Tobias (@AndrewJTobias) August 7, 2023
This early voter turnout looks promising for the pro-choice side. The election involves a stealth August ballot item to require 60% approval on future ballot items, intended to make it too hard to pass a referendum in Nov. over abortion protections. https://t.co/fbmrRvRP9b
— FFRF (@FFRF) August 4, 2023