1.3 million people: Ohio’s record-setting effort to repeal SB 5

Ohio’s working families had some paperwork to drop off with the state yesterday. Just an afternoon’s errand, a small procedural matter, you might say. Well, it may have been merely paperwork, but when the semi-trucks arrived, it was clear that the people of Ohio had something important to say to Gov. John Kasich.

In all, nearly 1.3 million signatures were delivered to the Ohio Secretary of State (1,298,301 to be precise) demanding the repeal of Senate Bill 5, which scales back public employees’ rights and safety measures. There were so many signatures collected that it took a team of retired police officers and firefighters four hours to unload the 1,502 boxes carrying the petitions.

As reported in The Columbus Dispatch, the number of signatures collected “obliterated” the previous record for the state of Ohio. Given that only 231,000 verified signatures were needed to force a referendum this November, it is a near certainty that an election will be called. Which also means that the law will not go into effect until it’s been approved directly by Ohio voters.

As retired police officer Mike Weinmain said, the effort to repeal SB 5 is a battle for fairness.

If SB 5 becomes law it will make our communities less safe and will put our first responders in danger. When it’s all said it done, this really is about fairness. SB 5 makes it illegal to speak up for ourselves and our community, while extreme politicians exempted themselves from many of the same provisions in SB5. It’s just unfair. I’m proud to be one of the more than one million Ohioans who want to veto SB 5 on November 8th.

The staggering number of signatures collected demonstrates the growing consensus that SB 5 is bad for Ohio. Taken together, those 1.3 Ohioans who took the time to speak out against this attack on their livelihoods would make up the 9th largest city in the United States. The total number of signatures collected is larger than the population of twelve states-13 if you include the District of Columbia. The people of Ohio are speaking up and their message is loud and clear: Hands off our rights!

*photo courtesy of We are Ohio

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