Ohio Petition Opposing Draconian Anti-Worker Bill Attracts Over One Million Signatures
As most of you already know, the Ohio General Assembly, at the behest of our lunatic governor, John Kasich, passed an attack on public employees called Senate Bill 5 (SB 5.) Some have argued that it's even more draconian that similar measures passed in Wisconsin.
Under Ohio law, the voters can block implementation of legislation through a recall petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot.
In order to get on the ballot, the recall forces had to gather the signatures of 231,000 registered voters, scattered throughout the states 88 counties. And today was the day to turn the signed petitions into the Ohio Secretary of States office.
So, you might ask, if they needed 231,000, and you always have to plan on gathering extras to cover signatures subsequently found to be invalid, just how many signatures did they turn in today?
Would you believe...
According to the Columbus Dispatch:
The coalition leading the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5 delivered a record of nearly 1.3 million signatures to the secretary of state today to place Ohio's new collective bargaining law on the November ballot.
That's potentially over a MILLION signatures OVER what was needed (assuming a very high rate of valid signatures.) 1.3 million is about 8.8% of the entire Ohio population.
I would be profoundly remiss to not include a link to the We Are Ohio website:
In an act of desperation, the forces of evil have tried to seize the occasion by passing the most ridiculous, misogynist, unconstitutional anti-abortion laws in the nation within the last few days. Now, what progressive forces have to do, is to reach out to the many Ohio "kitchen table progressives" to also reject these lunatics' dark ages social agenda.
6:54 PM PT: Hat tip to jmknapp who points out below that in the 2010 election, Kasich defeated Ted Strickland with a total of only 1.8 million votes (1,889,180 to Democratic Ted Strickland 's 1,812,047) and today ONE POINT THREE MILLION have signed the petition.
How Kasich can get less than fifty per cent of the vote total and think that he has a "mandate" for this crap is beyond me...