On ballot, ‘no’ means ‘no’ for Senate Bill 5

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On ballot, ‘no’ means ‘no’ for Senate Bill 5

Toledo Blade – When voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to give a thumbs up or down on Ohio’s new law limiting collective bargaining by government workers, a vote of “yes” will mean “yes” and “no” will mean “no.”

The five-member Ohio Ballot Board resisted an attempt by supporters of Senate Bill 5 to turn the voter referendum on its head so a “yes” vote would register rejection of a law that filled the Statehouse and its grounds with thousands of protestors last spring.

“Don’t you see that as confusing to voters when ‘yes’ is a negative and ‘no’ is an affirmative?” asked Mark Griffin, a newly appointed Democrat on the board.

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