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Getting on the ballot

To change the way congressional district lines are created, it will be necessary to change the Ohio Constitution. This requires Ohioans to vote on any proposed change.

Section 1a of Article 2 of the Ohio Constitution gives citizens groups like Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio the right to use the citizens initiative to amend the Ohio Constitution. For a citizens group to put an amendment on the ballot for voters to approve/disapprove, the group must collect 305,591 signatures of registered voters (10% of the last gubernatorial elections).  From 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, there must be signatures equal to at least 5% of the total vote cast for the office of governor in that county at the last gubernatorial election.

For Number of Signatures,
Statewide and by County

COUNTY #VOTES 5% 10%
Statewide 3,055,913 152,796 305,591
Adams 6,100 305 610
Allen 27,259 1,363 2,726
Ashland 14,849 742 1,485
Ashtabula 26,436 1,322 2,644
Athens 14,408 720 1,441
Auglaize 13,597 680 1,360
Belmont 19,144 957 1,914
Brown 11,547 577 1,155
Butler 86,106 4,305 8,611
Carroll 7,803 390 780
Champaign 11,436 572 1,144
Clark 38,514 1,926 3,851
Clermont 50,556 2,528 5,056
Clinton 9,576 479 958
Columbiana 26,925 1,346 2,693
Coshocton 9,087 454 909
Crawford 11,900 595 1,190
Cuyahoga 336,769 16,838 33,677
Darke 14,679 734 1,468
Defiance 10,853 543 1,085
Delaware 58,716 2,936 5,872
Erie 23,137 1,157 2,314
Fairfield 40,554 2,028 4,055
Fayette 6,304 315 630
Franklin 290,863 14,543 29,086
Fulton 10,838 542 1,084
Gallia 7,345 367 735
Geauga 30,716 1,536 3,072
Greene 48,899 2,445 4,890
Guernsey 10,191 510 1,019
Hamilton 236,285 11,814 23,629
Hancock 19,683 984 1,968
Hardin 6,501 325 650
Harrison 4,638 232 464
Henry 7,860 393 786
Highland 10,004 500 1,000
Hocking 7,554 378 755
Holmes 6,513 326 651
Huron 14,021 701 1,402
Jackson 7,020 351 702
Jefferson 18,952 948 1,895
Knox 17,161 858 1,716
Lake 67,970 3,399 6,797
Lawrence 14,346 717 1,435
Licking 47,135 2,357 4,714
Logan 12,789 639 1,279
Lorain 77,820 3,891 7,782
Lucas 106,016 5,301 10,602
Madison 10,162 508 1,016
Mahoning 66,276 3,314 6,628
Marion 15,798 790 1,580
Medina 48,137 2,407 4,814
Meigs 5,666 283 567
Mercer 12,253 613 1,225
Miami 31,074 1,554 3,107
Monroe 4,965 248 497
Montgomery 145,830 7,292 14,583
Morgan 3,891 195 389
Morrow 9,747 487 975
Muskingum 20,768 1,038 2,077
Noble 3,783 189 378
Ottawa 14,867 743 1,487
Paulding 5,675 284 568
Perry 8,899 445 890
Pickaway 13,343 667 1,334
Pike 7,178 359 718
Portage 40,783 2,039 4,078
Preble 11,473 574 1,147
Putnam 11,007 550 1,101
Richland 32,890 1,645 3,289
Ross 16,591 830 1,659
Sandusky 16,520 826 1,652
Scioto 18,034 902 1,803
Seneca 13,778 689 1,378
Shelby 13,911 696 1,391
Stark 101,432 5,072 10,143
Summit 134,694 6,735 13,469
Trumbull 56,936 2,847 5,694
Tuscarawas 23,621 1,181 2,362
Union 14,030 702 1,403
Van Wert 7,033 352 703
Vinton 3,195 160 320
Warren 58,873 2,944 5,887
Washington 18,336 917 1,834
Wayne 26,741 1,337 2,674
Williams 9,615 481 962
Wood 35,042 1,752 3,504
Wyandot 5,691 285 569