The repeal of SB5 is one step closer to becoming a reality
June 30, 2011 at 1:42 AM EST - Updated June 24 at 1:44 PM
COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO)
The Secretary of State now has the signatures needed to put a repeal of Ohio's Senate Bill 5 on the ballot this November.
A huge parade through the streets of Columbus as "We are Ohio" hand delivered more than 700,000 signatures to the state capitol.
Earlier today, petitioners seeking a referendum on Senate Bill 5 filed more than 51,000 part petitions containing a purported 1.3 million signatures with Secretary of State Jon Husted's office. The Secretary of State's office must now determine if petitioners have gathered the required number of valid signatures - 231,147 or six percent of the total vote cast for Governor in 2010. This process must be completed no later than 105 days prior to the General Election, which is July 26, 2011.
The Secretary of State's office will process and catalog the petitions prior to shipping them to the county boards of elections, which are tasked with verifying that the signatures collected represent qualified electors of Ohio who are registered at the address provided.
As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners must also have collected signatures from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and within each of those counties collected enough signatures equal to three percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2010.
Congresswoman Betty Sutton released the following statement today in response to hundreds of thousands of signatures delivered in an effort to recall SB5 in Ohio:
"I want to congratulate the citizens of Ohio for standing up and making their voices heard today. Every Ohioan who has signed their name to this petition recognizes the importance of maintaining a strong middle class, and has sent a strong message that their rights will not be cast aside for the benefit of a purely political agenda.
Make no mistake, the hard-working men and women who get up every day to make our state a better place are under attack by SB5. The dedicated women and men who get up every day to teach classrooms full of children have been unfairly silenced by SB5; The young men and women who wear the badge and patrol our streets to keep us safe have been targeted by SB5; The brave fire fighters who risk their safety to ensure ours have had their place at the table taken away by SB5. And the middle class families of this state who depend on quality public services for themselves and their families are likewise under attack by SB5.
Sadly this attack on the middle class isn't contained to Columbus. In Washington, DC we have seen critical funds cut for programs that benefit working Americans so that big corporations and billionaires can keep their tax breaks. I will continue to stand by working people in Ohio and throughout our country and look forward to seeing SB5 overturned."