Statewide Issue History


Issue 1
To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs
Yes 1,623,933
No 2,769,140


Issue 1
Rights for crime victims
Yes 1,921,172
No 404,957

Issue 2
To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense t
Yes 483,983
No 1,837,608



Issue 1
Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts
Yes 2,126,822
No 849,043

Issue 2
Anti-monopoly amendment; protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit
Yes 1,621,329
No 1,537,261

Issue 3
Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes
Yes 1,166,692
No 2,042,902


Issue 1
To enact Section 2s of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio (Ohio Public Works)
Yes 797,207
No 427,273


Issue 1
Pursuant to Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to convene a convention to revise, alter, or amend the Ohio Constitution.
Yes 1,523,271
No 3,248,183

Issue 2
To create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.
Yes 1,800,105
No 3,088, 402


Issue 1
To increase the maximum age at which a person may be elected or appointed judge, to eliminate the authority of the General Assembly to establish courts of concillation, and to eliminate the authority of the governor to appoint a Supreme Court commission.
Yes 1,273,536 
No 2,080,207

Issue 2
Referendum on new law relative to government union contracts and other government employement contracts and policies.
Yes 1,373,724
No 2,202,404

Issue 3
To preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.
Yes 2,268,470
No 1,190,385


Issue 1
Proposed Constitutional Amendment to extend the Ohio Third Frontier Program by authorizing the issuance of additional general obligation bonds to promote economic growth.
Yes 1,050,265
No 650,988

Issue 2
Proposed Constitutional Amendment to change the location of the Columbus casino facility authorized by previous statewide vote.
Yes 1,154,504
No- 534,013



Issue 1
Proposed Constitutional Amendment to authorize the state to issue bonds to provide compensation to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts
Yes 2,277,521
No 876,520

Issue 2
Proposed Constitutional Amendment to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to establish and implement standards of care for livestock and poultry.
Yes 2,020,851
No 1,148,538

Issue 3
Proposed Constitutional Amendment by initiative petition to amend the constitution to allow for one casino each in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo and distribute to all ohio counties a tax on the casinos.
Yes 1,713,288
No 1,519,636



Issue 1
Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Provide for earlier filing deadlines for statewide ballot issues.   
Yes 3,392,085
No 1,547,962

Issue 2
Proposed Constitutional Amendment To authorize the state to issue bonds to continue the Clean Ohio program for environmental revitalization and conservation.
Yes 3,568,228
No 1,583,305

Issue 3
Proposed Constitutional Amendment To protect private property rights in ground water, lakes and other watercourses 
Yes 3,625,811
No 1,413,639

Issue 5
Referendum on legislation making changes to check cashing lending sometimes known as "payday lending" fees, interest rates and practices.
Yes 3,391,282
No  1,940,951

Issue 6
Proposed Constitutional Amendment Proposed by initiative petition for a casino near Wilmington in Southwest Ohio and distribute to all Ohio counties a tax on the casino.
Yes 2,088,294
No 3,461,430


Issue 2
To adopt Section 34a of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to raise the state minimum wage rate.  
Yes 2,205,850 
No 1,687,996

Issue 3
To adopt Section 12 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to provide moneys for scholarships/education funding by permitting limited gaming.
Yes 1,753,452
No 2,286,840

Issue 4
To adopt Section 12 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to provide a smoking ban in enclosed areas with certain exceptions.
Yes 1,450,164
No 2,590,448

Issue 5
To enact Chapter 3794. of the Ohio Revised Code to restrict smoking in places of employment and most places open to the public.
Yes 2,370,314
No 1,679,833


Issue 1
The purpose of this amendment is to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Ohio.
YES 1,512,669
NO 1,282,571

Issue 2
Vote YES to expand to all Ohio registered voters the option to vote up to 35 days prior to Election Day by mail or in person at the appropriate local board of elections.
YES 1,065,109
NO 1,840,658

Issue 3
Vote YES to restore confidence, level the playing field and reduce the influence of big money contributors in politics by significantly limiting campaign contributions to statewide and state legislative candidates and political parties.
YES 955,334
NO 1,927,502

Issue 4
Vote YES to restore competitiveness to Congressional and State legislative races in Ohio.
YES 871,898
NO 2,005,952

Issue 5
Vote YES to create a bi-partisan and independent state board of elections supervisors to administer elections similar to the county boards of elections.
YES 854,918
NO 2,001,983


Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions.
YES 3,329,335
NO 2,065,462


To issue bonds and provide financial support for science and technology based research and development
YES 1,195,706
NO 1,235,323


Require a court to order treatment instead of incarceration for first-time or second-time offenders charged with or convicted of illegal possession or use of a drug
YES 1,012,682
NO 2,048,770


To issue bonds or for environmental conservation and revitalization projects
YES 2,196,068
NO 1,628,022


Authorize the State to Issue Bonds for School Facilities
YES 1,285,277
NO 828,426


Authorize the State to Issue Bonds for School Facilities
YES 714,823
NO 1,101,625

Statewide One Per Cent Sales and Use Tax for Schools
YES 383,913
NO 1,527,536

To prohibit the hunting or taking of mourning doves
YES 1,348,533
NO 1,976,981

For information on issues prior to 1998, please read A History of Statewide Issues in Ohio (PDF)