Throughout the day, The Thrill will provide updates on yesterday’s elections, including local and statewide issues. The results so far:
- Senate Bill 5, a highly controversial measure to limit collective bargaining rights, has been defeated. This is national news, as the referendum on the bill is seen as a bellwether for Democratic prospects in next year’s elections.
- Issue 3, another measure related to a national Democratic initiative, was also on the ballot yesterday. An Ohio constitutional amendment to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their own healthcare, proposed in opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, has passed. The Columbus Dispatch interprets this as Ohioans “voicing their displeasure with the federal health-care law,” but the Dispatch also notes that the amendment is merely symbolic because federal law supersedes state law.
- Another Ohio amendment which dealt with age limits for elected judges, among other unexciting judicial things, has failed. A great blow for octogenarian justices’ rights.
Local measure results and more after the jump.