Mary Alice Reporting –

A statewide issue will be the only thing to vote on in a special election that will be held August 8th.

Ohio lawmakers cast a Wednesday vote on Senate Joint Resolution 2 related to constitutional amendments.

According to District 12 Representative Brian Stewart, the Ohio Constitution has become susceptible to outside special interest groups seeking to alter the document, adding that 32 states already have a law in place and the legislation does not take citizen right’s away.

“SJR 2 will ask Ohioans not us whether Ohio’s constitution should require a sixty percent vote threshold to adopt amendments moving forward. It will ask Ohioans to decide whether all 88 counties should have a voice in determining what amendments make it on to the ballot.”

Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says they have received a directive from the Ohio Secretary’s Office of the August 8th election.

“Every polling location will be open. It is an amendment to the Ohio constitution. It is not an amendment to the federal, to the US constitution.”

Ballot language has not yet been received.

For the special election, anyone not registered to vote has a deadline of July 10th and then early voting begins the following day.

The Board’s Office will have extended hours on the deadline day and registration can also be done online at

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