DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Chapter of the League of Women Voters met Thursday to discuss the statewide issues to be determined by Ohio voters on the November 3 ballot.
Regarding Issue 1, which creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts, the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Ohio urges voters to vote “yes.”
“We have been a staunch supporter of the need for redistricting reform in Ohio and have been advocating for such reform for the last 40 years,” the Ohio League states. “We are pleased that the Ohio General Assembly came together to approve a bipartisan measure to improve how we draw state legislative districts, and we wholeheartedly support its approval by the voters.”
The Ohio League also expresses support for Issue 2, which seeks to prohibit any petitioner from using the Ohio Constitution to “grant a monopoly, oligopoly, or cartel for their exclusive financial benefit or to establish a preferential tax status.”
Issue 2 was proposed by the Ohio General Assembly and is viewed as a counter-move against Issue 3.
The League’s support of Issue 2 is based on an earlier position, adopted in May 1968, which states, “LWVO believes a constitution should be a clearly stated body of fundamental principles. It should provide for the flexible operation of government and be logically organized and internally consistent.”
On Issue 3, proposed by the marijuana advocacy group ResponsibleOhio, which would legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, as well as establish state-regulated pot farms and distribution centers, the Ohio League urges voters to vote against the referendum.
The Ohio League, however, states that it is “neutral” on Issue 3 as it regards the use of marijuana.
First established in 1920, the League of Women Voters, at the national, state and local level, does not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties. Membership is open to both women and men.
For more on the League of Women Voters of Ohio, visit the organization’s website at www.lwvohio.org. For membership information at the Darke County chapter, contact Co-President Karen Brooks by email at [email protected]