Making Democracy Work

2017 Elections


The League of Women Voters of Ohio, founded in 1920, is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Complementing it is the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund that provides nonpartisan information and educational services to citizens.

Prior to each state and national election, the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund provides nonpartisan information on statewide candidates and issues to its local Leagues and Ohio voters. This information is used in Voters' Guides which are distributed by local Leagues throughout the state, as well as on the LWV's one-stop-shop for voter information nationwide.

On the ballot for the November 7, 2017 General Election are two state issues:

  • State Issue 1: Rights for Crime Victims; and
  • State 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 of the law.

The summaries of both ballot issues were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund. The pros and cons listed for each issue are abbreviated versions of the arguments put forward by the respective issue campaigns. The title listed for each issue is the official title assigned by the Ohio Ballot Board.

Issue 1 is an initiated amendment to the Ohio Constitution. There are three ways to amend the Ohio Constitution: proposal by the General Assembly; proposal by the people through an initiative petition; or by constitutional convention.

Issue 2 is an initiated statute. There are two ways to enact a statute in Ohio: legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor; or proposal by the people through an initiative petition.

In all cases, proposals submitted to the voters must be approved by a simple majority.


LWVCA presented our annual issues forum on September 27, 6 pm - 8 pm at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church

Ballot Issues Presented:

"State Issue 1 - Marsy's Law"

"State Issue 2 - Ohio Drug Price Relief Act"

"Issue 3 - A Hamilton County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services"

"Issue 4 - Hamilton County Health & Hospitalization Services Levy"

"Issue 5 - Hamilton County Proposed Levy"

"Issue 24 - Cincinnati City School Levy"


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This November we elect local officials: mayors, city councils, township trustees, municipal judges, and school board members. There will be at least 5 issues on ballots in Hamilton County: Senior Services levy, Mental Health levy, Indigent Care levy, and the statewide initiatives on Victim Rights and Prescription Drug Prices. In addition, local jurisdictions may have other issues on their ballots, e.g. Sunday alcohol sales, gas or electric aggregation, or public services levies. The Voter Services Committee is hard at work preparing voter education material for the November election: the print Voter Guide (formerly the Who & What), the online Vote411, the Speakers Bureau, and candidate forums. September and October are very busy months for the League. If you want to get involved in this exciting work, contact Nancy Dawley, Vice President for Voter Services.

  • October 10 Last date to register to vote
  • October 11 Early voting opens at the new Board of Elections office in Norwood
  • November 7 Election Day