Two state issues are on the Ohio ballot this November. The first would create a convention to revise, alter or amend the state constitution. The second would create a commission to draw legislative and congressional district maps. For the language of each, see below.

State Issue 1
Question presented pursuant to Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution ofthe State of Ohio reads as follows:
“At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, and in each twentieth year thereafter, the question: ‘Shall there be a convention to revise, alter, or amend the constitution[,]‘ shall be submitted to the electors of the state; and in case a majority ofthe electors, voting for and against the calling of a convention, shall decide in favor of a convention, the general assembly, at its next session, shall provide, by law, for the election of delegates, and the assembling of such convention, as is provided in the preceding section; but no amendment of this constitution, agreed upon by any convention assembled in pursuance of this article, shall take effect, until the same shall have been submitted to the electors of the state, and adopted by a majority of those voting thereon.”

State Issue 2
To create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Proposed by Initiative Petition To add and repeal language in Sections 1,3,4,6,7,9 and 13 of Article XI, repeal Sections 8 and 14 of Article XI, and add a new Section 16 to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.
The proposed amendment would:

1. Remove the authority of elected representatives and grant new authority to appointed officials to establish congressional and state legislative district lines.

2. Create a state funded commission of appointed officials from a limited pool of applicants to replace the aforementioned. The Commission will consist of 12 members as follows: four affiliated with the largest political party, four affiliated with the second largest political party and four not affiliated with either of the two largest political parties. Affirmative votes of 7 of 12 members are needed to select a plan.

3. Require new legislative and congressional districts be immediately established by the Commission to replace the most recent districts adopted by elected representatives, which districts shall not be challenged except by court order until the next federal decennial census and apportionment. In the event the Commission is not able to determine a plan by October 1, the Ohio Supreme Court would need to adopt a plan from all the plans submitted to the Commission.

4. Change the standards and requirements in the Constitution for drawing legislative and congressional districts.

5. Mandate the General Assembly to appropriate all funds as determined by the Commission including, but not be limited to, compensating:
Staff
Consultants
Legal counsel
Commission members

If approved, the amendment will be effective thirty days after the election.