Ohioans Stand Firm: 60% Threshold Defeated


Deidra Reese, statewide program manager for the Ohio Unity Coalition, celebrates the defeat of Issue 1 during a watch party Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio voters have resoundingly rejected a Republican-backed measure that would have made it more difficult to pass abortion protections. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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In a significant vote, Ohio citizens thwarted Issue 1, a proposal that sought a 60% super-majority for constitutional changes.

Many believe this Republican-endorsed move had a hidden motive, making it tougher for pro-choice initiatives to pass in November.

Despite the measure’s backing, opposition reached even into deep red districts. President Joe Biden applauded Ohio for safeguarding women’s autonomy and health decisions.

A fake newspaper titled “The Buckeye Reporter” is shown Aug. 4, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio residents in recent weeks received the fake newspaper touting misleading claims about Ohio politics, advocacy groups and the upcoming Aug 8, 2023 election on Issue 1 – a ballot measure that would make it harder to amend the state’s constitution. The publication is one of thousands of pseudo-local news outlets created by the Illinois-based Metric Media or Pipeline Media, known for often producing false content with a conservative political agenda. (AP Photo/Samantha Hendrickson)

Echoing recent decisions in states like Kansas and Kentucky, Ohio’s robust engagement was undeniable. About 700,000 people cast their votes early, with Democratic hotspots leading the charge.

A resounding statement was made, but the next chapter in the U.S. abortion rights narrative is yet to be determined.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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