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Unless Secretary of State Husted (who still has until Monday, I believe) somehow invalidates the signatures submitted by “We Are Ohio,” it looks like we’re in the petition signature business game.

This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified that the that summary language submitted by the “We Are Ohio” campaign is sufficient:

On April 4th, 2011 two petitions were filed with the Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State. The proposals submitted were informally titled "Short" and "Long." After reviewing the summaries, Attorney General DeWine issued two separate letters certifying the Short Version Summary and rejecting the Long Version Summary.

"The Office’s explicit statutory duty is to determine whether the submitted summary ‘is a fair and truthful statement of the measure to be referred,’" DeWine stated in his letter certifying the Short Version Summary language. "Without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred…I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed referendum concerning Am. Sub. S.B. 5 of the 129th General Assembly."

In rejecting the Long Version Summary language, Attorney General DeWine stated, "The summary, though greatly condensed at 28 pages, is still far too lengthy and detailed to be considered a short and concise summing up of the matter to be referred.  For this reason, I am unable to certify the proposed Long Version Summary of the Petition."

So much for the theory espoused by some that DeWine would seek to delay certification of the referendum as long as possible, huh?

[UPDATE:]  Secretary of State Jon Husted has certified the signatures for the same “short form” petition that was certified by Attorney General Mike DeWine:

Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that We Are Ohio, the group seeking a state referendum on Senate Bill 5, has met the initial 1,000-signature requirement on each of the two petitions they filed to qualify for the November 2011 ballot. Petitioners collected 2,835 signatures for the short version of the petition, of which 2,506 were deemed valid, and 2,866 for the long version of the petition, of which 2,517 were deemed valid. The Secretary also approved the full text of the law submitted with the signatures.

The “short form” petition had a success rate of 88% of valid signatures/submitted signatures.  That’s actually a remarkably high rate for a petition.  With the approval of both the Secretary of State and Ohio Attorney General, all that remains to get SB 5 on the ballot is getting the over 230,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s office by the end of June.

[UPDATE II:]  The Dispatch says the “We Are Ohio” campaign is claiming that more than 10,000 Ohioans have signed up to circulate the petitions, which results in this math:

231,000 valid signatures needed/10,000 petition circulators= 24 valid signatures per circulator

What are the odds that SB 5 is on the ballot this November?  (Pretty damn good.)

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  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    Shocking. I would have put money on DeWine sitting on it until 23:59:59 Monday night. And then not telling anyone.

  • Annekarima

    Perhaps a break in the chain?

  • Anonymous

    Again, I go back to what I said when the petitions were submitted. The smarter political play would be for them NOT to play games to frustrate the referendum. It gives them an early precedent they can point to later saying they aren’t partisan in the performance of their duties, and it allows them to avoid voter ire.

    Frankly, I didn’t see anything they had to politically gain by being obstructionistic.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we are still losing the weekend by making the announcement today…

  • http://twitter.com/jr6020 James Miller

    The way I read the approved language, it looks like a “NO” vote will repeal SB 5. Is this correct? It seems easier to get a statewide issue you want approved if the “NO” choice is on your side. Anybody care to comment on this?…Jim, Columbus

  • http://twitter.com/jr6020 James Miller

    The way I read the approved language, it looks like a “NO” vote will repeal SB 5. Is this correct? It seems easier to get a statewide issue you want approved if the “NO” choice is on your side. Anybody care to comment on this?…Jim, Columbus

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. A NO vote to repeal. There are political science studies (supposedly) that show NO is a psychologically easier thing to get voters to do than YES.

    We’ll know what Issue # it’s assigned once it goes to the Ohio Ballot Board, but for now we can circulate petitions.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. A NO vote to repeal. There are political science studies (supposedly) that show NO is a psychologically easier thing to get voters to do than YES.

    We’ll know what Issue # it’s assigned once it goes to the Ohio Ballot Board, but for now we can circulate petitions.

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    People like these rarely play the long game. Perhaps someone is dumping “Honest Pills” into the water fountains in the Riffe Center… That, and I don’t think Kasich cares much about voter ire. For him, it’s all about getting what he can for his Wall Street buddies and fuck everyone else. (I can say fuck here, right? I got my wiener stepped on today over at androidcentral.com for saying “F***” :/)

  • Anonymous

    Actually, as we wrote earlier this week, it looks like they’ve abandoned that plan.

  • Anonymous

    I think Kasich is more worried about public opinion than he lets on. It’s popular to pretend to be a politician who doesn’t care about the polls, but Kasich doesn’t want to be the guy who handed Obama his re-election by taking Ohio out of play, either.

  • Annekarima

    You say you have lost a weekend, but not really. You now have positive re-enforcement to go into the weekend. Use it well.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    whos lost the weekend ? we will still check in here . I am sure there will be lots of comments on the story where ol Rush is involved LOL
    Who would talk seriously to Rush and want him on there side??
    Well birds of a feather I guess– both are fruitcakes.

  • Anonymous

    231,000 valid signatures needed/10,000 petition circulators= 24 valid signatures per circulator

    I like that math! I set a personal goal of getting 1,000 signatures. I can get 24 signatures just from family and strolling around the University of Akron in one afternoon!

  • Anonymous

    But he’s well on his way to doing so. The field of Republican clowns doesn’t help matters.

  • Random Thoughts

    I’m going to a training session in the morning, sponsored by the OEA. I bet I can get my 24 signatures and then some by the end of the weekend!

  • Portia A. Boulger

    I can’t go so far as to say DeWine is honest. He just doesn’t want to get in trouble legally. With so many eyes on this issue, he has no choice.

  • Portia A. Boulger

    Kasich has already handed the re-election to Obama and am I ever glad!

  • Portia A. Boulger

    Are you happy? I am!! This is going to be a cake walk, given 10,000 have already signed up and there will be more trainings this weekend. I am so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with my Sisters & Brothers fighting the good fight and being on the right side of history. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

  • Anonymous

    Just make sure any signatures you get are registered in the same county as everyone else on that petition.

  • http://twitter.com/MyFriendCamilo Camilo José Villa

    Hasta la victoria siempre!

  • http://twitter.com/cck0675 cck0675

    Many thanks to We Are Ohio, Proud Ohio Workers and the many other organizations involved in this effort. Hope we surprise the Gov with the speed and sheer number of signatures collected in the petition drive. Victory in the Fall means huge voter turnout which is up to all of us!

  • Joe

    Did the Senate Republicans abandon the SB5 clone idea because they don’t want another Democratic mobilizing issue on the ’12 ballot, or because (hopefully) they are beginning to see the foolishness of getting in front of a crowd that will trample them?

  • Anonymous

    It was the House GOP that announced they were abandoning it. Speaker Batchelder said they were doing it because of his long-held believe that the legislature shouldn’t do things to frustrate people’s ability to exercise their right to referendum…. Yeah, right, that’s the reason. I think they didn’t want to take the heat of forcing two referenda, with the second being held on the same ballot they’d have to run re-election.

  • Madashell

    No Republican leadership+the debacle that the current Republican office holders have created=4 more years for Obama. Are they too ignorant to see this, or will they start eating their own soon? This could be fun to watch!

  • http://twitter.com/anthonycaldwell Anthony Caldwell

    Don’t forget… this bill effects 350,000 public employees. Even if only 2/3 of them sign, that’s is still within the margin of error to qualify for the ballot. Not to mention all of the other supporters of the middle class.

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