Earlier today, Secretary of State Jon Husted informed the “We Are Ohio” campaign that his office has officially certified that they collected the sufficient number of valid signatures to place SB 5 on a repeal ballot this November.
Here’s a copy of Secretary of State Jon Husted’s letter.
And here’s a chart from Husted’s office showing a county by county breakdown. In order to get it on the ballot they had to get over 231,150 signatures with the signatures coming from the equivalent of at least 3% of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election in half of Ohio’s counties.
The We Are Ohio campaign hit the 3% (and then some) in EVERY county. Roughly more than 69% of the signatures submitted by “We Are Ohio” were validated. (915,456 out of 1,320,417.) In other words, nearly FOUR TIMES as many signatures they got. In fact, to give you a sense of just how many signatures they had, the number of invalid signatures was more than they needed. And although they technically had 90 days to get the signatures, the reality is that the actual signature gathering process didn’t start in earnest into a month after John Kasich signed SB 5.
And according to yesterday’s Quinnipiac Poll, 56% of Ohioans support the repeal roughly four months out until the election.
It’s on, folks!