Ohio Issue 1 election results Update

Ohio Issue 1 election results Update

Ohio voters have passed a constitutional amendment that secures the right to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services.

Ohio voters have approved a constitutional amendment that guarantees the right to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care, marking a significant win for abortion rights advocates following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last year. This makes Ohio the seventh state to protect abortion access through a statewide referendum, and it was the sole state to address abortion rights in this manner in the current year.

“The future is bright, and tonight we can celebrate this win for bodily autonomy and reproductive rights,” expressed Lauren Blauvelt, co-chair of Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, the organization at the forefront of advocating for the amendment. She made this statement to a jubilant crowd of supporters.

The result of this highly anticipated off-year election may serve as a significant indicator for the 2024 elections, as Democrats aim to use the issue to rally their voters and support President Joe Biden’s re-election bid. In the upcoming year, voters in Arizona, Missouri, and other states are anticipated to weigh in on similar protections. Heather Williams, the interim president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization dedicated to electing Democrats to state legislatures, labeled the vote in favor of abortion rights as a “major victory.”

In a statement, she noted that “Ohio’s resounding support for this constitutional amendment reaffirms Democratic priorities and sends a strong message to the state GOP that reproductive rights are non-negotiable.”

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris issued statements celebrating the amendment’s victory, highlighting that attempts to ban or significantly restrict abortion represent a minority view across the country. Harris hinted that the issue would likely be central to Democrats’ campaign efforts next year for Congress and the presidency, stating, “Extremists are pushing for a national abortion ban that would criminalize reproductive health care in every single state in our nation.”

Ohio’s constitutional amendment, identified as Issue 1 on the ballot, contained some of the most robust language to safeguard abortion access among any statewide ballot initiative since the Supreme Court’s decision. Critics had contended that the amendment would jeopardize parental rights, permit unrestricted gender surgeries for minors, and reintroduce “partial birth” abortions, a practice that is federally prohibited.

Public polling indicates that approximately two-thirds of Americans believe that abortion should generally be legal during the earliest stages of pregnancy. This sentiment has been echoed in both Democratic and deeply Republican states, particularly following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe in June 2022.

Leading up to the Ohio vote, statewide initiatives in California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont had either upheld abortion access or rejected efforts to undermine this right.

Voter turnout for Ohio’s amendment, which included early voting, was significant for an off-year election. The approval of Issue 1 will likely reverse a 2019 state law, enacted by Republicans, that prohibits most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected, without exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Currently, this law is on hold due to ongoing court challenges and is one of approximately two dozen abortion restrictions that the Ohio Legislature has passed in recent years.

Despite the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, Republicans maintained their stance. Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens asserted that the approval of Issue 1 “is not the end of the conversation.” He emphasized his unwavering commitment to protecting life as a staunch pro-life conservative and stated that the Legislature would explore multiple paths to continue safeguarding innocent life.

State Senate President Matt Huffman, a Republican, has previously indicated the possibility of introducing another proposed amendment next year to overturn Issue 1. However, this would require lawmakers to act within a limited six-week window after Election Day to have it included on the 2024 primary ballot.

Issue 1 was framed to affirm an individual’s right to “make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions,” encompassing birth control, fertility treatments, miscarriage, and abortion.

Issue 1 permitted state regulation of the procedure after fetal viability, provided that exceptions were made for situations in which a doctor determined that the “life or health” of the woman was endangered. Viability was defined as the stage at which the fetus had “a significant likelihood of survival” outside the womb, with reasonable medical interventions.

Anti-abortion groups, with support from Republican Governor Mike DeWine, experimented with various messages in an attempt to defeat the amendment. Their primary focus was on portraying the proposal as too extreme for the state. In contrast, supporters of the amendment centered their campaign around the message of keeping government out of families’ private affairs.

The most recent vote came after an August special election, which was initiated by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The purpose of this special election was to make it more difficult to pass future constitutional amendments by increasing the required threshold from a simple majority vote to 60%. This change was partially intended to undermine the abortion-rights measure that was decided in Tuesday’s vote.

However, voters overwhelmingly rejected the special election question in August, setting the stage for the high-stakes abortion campaign in the fall.

Ohio Issue 1 election results Update

 

Joe Biden’s Democratic party has secured victories in a series of US state and local elections, providing a boost for the president as he confronts declining approval ratings ahead of a fight for re-election.

Voter support for abortion rights, a key issue for Democrats, helped the president’s party to success in several electoral races on Tuesday, 12 months ahead of a presidential election in which Biden is set to seek a second four-year term.

Democratic governor Andy Beshear was re-elected in Kentucky, while voters in Ohio backed a ballot measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution.

In Virginia, voters dealt a blow to Republican governor Glenn Youngkin by allowing Democrats to reclaim control of the state’s legislature.

The results — along with Democratic victories in local elections in Pennsylvania on Tuesday — will buoy a party that has been grappling with declining poll numbers for Biden.

With one year until the presidential vote, a New York Times/Siena College poll this week showed Biden losing to former Republican president Donald Trump in five of the six swing states that are likely to determine the outcome.

The numbers prompted hand-wringing among Democrats who have privately fretted about Biden’s age and apparent electoral weaknesses.

Biden rejected the polls in a social media post on Tuesday, saying: “Across the country tonight, democracy won and MAGA lost. Voters vote. Polls don’t. Now let’s go win next year.”

In Kentucky, Beshear secured a second term in a Republican state where Trump defeated Biden by a 26-point margin in 2020. The Associated Press projected that Beshear defeated Daniel Cameron, his Trump-endorsed Republican opponent, just two hours after polls closed.

The White House said Biden called Beshear to congratulate him on his victory.

Voters in Ohio — an increasingly Republican state that Trump won by 8 percentage points in 2020 — overwhelmingly backed a ballot measure that codified the right to an abortion in the state’s constitution.

The referendum came after Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, signed into law a so-called heartbeat bill that banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when many women do not yet know whether they are pregnant.

The result in Ohio was the latest example of voters rejecting restrictive abortion policies after the Supreme Court last year overturned Roe vs Wade, which enshrined the legal right to the procedure at the federal level.

Biden issued a statement celebrating the result in Ohio, saying “Americans once again voted to protect their fundamental freedoms”. He said Republicans had an “extreme and dangerous agenda” on abortion that was “out of step with the vast majority of Americans”.

Abortion also played a role in deciding the results in Virginia, where Youngkin, the Republican governor, had tried to chart a more moderate path by promoting a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with some exceptions.

But voters rejected the idea and instead delivered Democrats a majority in the state’s legislature that stands to block many of Youngkin’s policy plans.

The results are a blow to Youngkin, a former Carlyle executive who was elected governor with little political experience in 2021.

He quickly became a favourite among the Republican donor class, which urged him to launch a late push to challenge Trump for the party’s presidential nomination.

 

 

 

 

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