This February marks the 100th anniversary of an Ohio State tradition. Since 1915, the chimes have been part of University life, housed in one of the oldest and most unique buildings on campus. WOSU’s Tom Rieland has this profile on the Chimes of Orton Hall…
Judge Blocks Ohio Law Limiting Signature Gatherers
A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Ohio law barring out-of-state residents from circulating the petitions needed to place an issue or candidate on the ballot.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson in Columbus said in ruling earlier this week that he could identify no harm that would come to the state from allowing non-Ohioans to gather signatures.
The injunction comes in a dual challenge by the Libertarian Party of Ohio and a group that includes Citizens in Charge, a ballot access organization, and backers of two active ballot campaigns.
The law’s opponents argue Ohio’s new signature-gathering rules infringe on their First Amendment right to free political speech by limiting their choice in signature gatherers.
The state says the law places only a minimal burden on the process.