Youngstown residents submit signatures for their Community Rights Fair Elections Initiative Aug 7, 2017 Youngstown, OH: Today, a long-standing community rights group in Youngstown, OH, submitted over 1,900 signatures to qualify their Youngstown Fair Election Bill of...read more
Court sides on behalf of oil and gas industry allies, keeps qualified initiatives off ballot Justice J. O’Neill dissents, arguing for the people’s right to local self-government Read More Here...read more
Aug 9, 2016 People of Medina Forced to Appeal to Ohio Supreme Court 5,500 Residents Signed Petitions to Qualify Measure for Vote in November Read Full Press Release...read more
OHCRN Statement: County Boards of Elections Attempt to Stifle Democracy: Meigs, Athens and Medina Counties
Jul 15, 2016 Last summer, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted claimed “unfettered authority” to block county charter initiatives banning fracking. Dozens of residents in four counties collected more than 12,000 signatures of people who wanted to vote on the measures....read more
CLEVELAND: On January 6th, after repeatedly being denied access to the courtroom, Broadview Heights residents will finally have their day in court.
Since November 2012, when the City’s voters overwhelmingly adopted their Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking, the people of this Cleveland suburb have been fighting to enforce their amendment and protect their rights to clean air, water, and local self-government.
Decides in favor of communities’ right to initiative; bars chief elections officer from keeping duly qualified initiatives off the ballot – even those involving fracking FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2015 Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Organizer...read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2015 Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Organizer firstname.lastname@example.org, 440-838-5272 COLUMBUS, OH: Earlier this month, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted declared that the citizens of Medina, Fulton, and Athens Counties may not vote on...read more
Judge Affirms People’s Right of Initiative, Orders Athens Board of Elections to Place County Charter on Ballot
ATHENS, OH: An attempt to quash a citizens’ county charter initiative failed in the Common Pleas Court this week. Athens County residents face record amounts of fracking wastewater that is slated to be injected into permitted wells across the county, and are using...read more
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH: Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local...read more