OH: GOP aims to change voting laws during lame duck session

Source: SFGate

“Ohio’s elections chief on Thursday championed a lameduck push to require a supermajority of voters in order to pass certain constitutional amendments, a move that came the same day further voter restrictions were added to a significant rewrite of Ohio’s election laws. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said requiring a 60% supermajority to amend Ohio’s constitution would be ‘a win for good government’ and assure a broad base of support to make changes to the state’s founding document. He also said that such a threshhold would assure bipartisan consensus and prevent special interest groups from buying their way in. The same standard would not apply to constitutional amendments advanced by of the state’s GOP-controlled state Legislature, where LaRose argues a supermajority vote of lawmakers is already required. Currently, Republicans hold more than 60% of votes in both chambers, percentages that will grow next session.” (11/17/22)