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The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with a coalition that’s pushing a voting rights amendment for this fall’s ballot. The justices rejected a decision made by majority Republicans on the state ballot board to split the amendment into four parts.

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The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split a popular voter rights measure into four separate potential ballot issues. The amendment, which includes constitutionally protected early voting and automated voter registration, could now circulate as four different petitions.

The petitions are split into four categories: casting a ballot, voter registration, rights for voters with disabilities, and a required election audit.

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A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.

The so-called "Raise The Wage" amendment would increase the minimum wage by annual increments to eventually reach $13 an hour by 2025.

The group trying to put the measure on the November ballot got the go-ahead from the Ohio Ballot Board to collect signatures.

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Backers of a state constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol will soon start collecting signatures to put it before voters. 

The Ohio Ballot Board has unanimously approved the language proposed by backers of the marijuana legalization plan as a single issue.

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Backers of a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that would release low-level drug offenders from jail and direct money to treatment instead has cleared one hurdle. 

The amendment is meant to reduce the number of people locked up in state prisons by reducing nonviolent drug crimes to misdemeanors. It would also allow offenders to get credit for time served in treatment instead. And it would also direct state money saved from a smaller prison population into drug-treatment programs.

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Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle. 

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One of the groups that wants to put a medical marijuana plan on the Ohio ballot is one step closer to that goal now. 

The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has been given the go ahead by the state Ballot Board to begin collecting signatures from Ohio voters. The amendment would allow patients to grow their own medical pot or buy it from retail outlets.

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A group that recently announced it would go to the ballot with a package of ethics reforms for lawmakers – including a pay cut – is now going to court. 

The group Ethics First – You Decide Ohio wants a single ballot issue composed of six proposals on pay and rules for state lawmakers.

Secretary of State Jon Husted noted the group wasn’t at the Ballot Board meeting where the package was split into three proposals.

UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: The sponsors of the plan to reduce pay for legislators have filed a challenge with the Ohio Supreme Court over the decision to divide the proposal into multiple issues on the ballot..  

Ohio lawmakers could see a pay cut in their future if a group pushing a proposed constitutional amendment gets its way. 

Jack Boyle is with a group circulating petitions to put before Ohio voters a package that he says would do four simple things, starting with tying legislator pay with median Ohio household income.