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OEC Statement on Overwhelming Defeat of Issue 1

Ohio Environmental Council, August 8, 2023

Columbus, OH –   In response to the defeat of Issue 1 in the Ohio Special Election, the OEC issued the following statement.

The following statement can be attributed in full or in part to Carol Kauffman, OEC Executive Director: 

“Issue 1 was a direct attack on the environmental movement’s future potential to combat the causes of climate change. No matter where we live or what we look like, all Ohioans deserve to have their voices heard on the issues that matter most to them — like clean air and water, accessible public lands and a healthy democracy. Extreme politicians and corrupt special interests created an August Special Election in an attempt to sneak Issue 1 past voters and end majority rule. But Ohioans overwhelmingly stopped them, decisively voting down this bad constitutional amendment.

“We are proud to stand with the majority of Ohioans from every corner of the state, across political lines, who voted no on Issue 1 as well as the more than 200 organizations who united behind the One Person One Vote campaign. 

“Together, we will continue to use our collective power to ensure a stronger democracy that works for every Ohioan, their communities, and our environment.”