Cincinnati Passes Charter Amendment Establishing Ballot Initiative Procedures - State and Federal Communications

November 8, 2023  •  

Cincinnati Passes Charter Amendment Establishing Ballot Initiative Procedures

Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Voters passed Issue 23, a ballot initiative amending the city charter in several ways.

Introduced by council member Liz Keating, the issue has been in the works for at least two years.

The main change is to amend the city charter to mirror state law regarding the ballot initiative process, requiring a copy of any initiative, referendum or charter amendment petition to be filed with the clerk of council before any signatures can be collected.

These would be made public so anyone could see what proposed amendments are circulating.

The amendment also limits initiatives to one subject and provides a cure period for insufficient signatures.

Issue 23 also updates the charter to reflect the fact that City Council terms were changed from four years to two years by a 2018 charter amendment and gives city council members the option to vote electronically in addition to voice votes.

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