Monday, October 27, 2008

State and local ballot issues

As the election is next week, I wanted to let you know of several websites that may be of interest as you consider the issues that will appear on the 2008 ballot.

We'll start local with the issue of the proposed study committee for the merger of Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania. Proponents have establish the OneSylvania website. Opponents have named their website StopSylvaniaMerger. The City of Sylvania council has endorsed the merger study. The Sylvania Township Trustees have opposed the measure.

For the state-wide issues, you'll find no better source that Ballotpedia, which has a hub for Ohio, and includes a page on the 2008 ballot measures. The ballot measures page includes a listing of all the measures, including those that didn't make the ballot, and the laws on how initiatives and referendums are placed on the ballot. Clicking on the title of each issue will take you to a page detailing the measure and what opponents and proponents say about it.

Additionally, there is an endorsement page listing both media, blogger and organization recommendations on the Ohio issues.

Since this is a wiki, it is open for updating by anyone, so if you'd like to add a blogger or newspaper endorsement to the list - or provide additional information on the measures, please do so.

3 comments:

Maggie Thurber said...

Thank you Skeeter1107!!!!

Mad Jack said...

The Sylvania 'merger' as the Sylvania city council has named it is nothing more than an attempt at a giant annexation of Sylvania Township land. The effort is driven by greed and nothing more.

My family lives in Sylvania Township and wants nothing to do with the city. Neither do their friends and neighbors.

Chris Sobieniak said...

My family lives in Sylvania Township and wants nothing to do with the city. Neither do their friends and neighbors.

Speaking as a Toledoan, it all looks the same to me (being for the annexation obviously). I see no real qualms about there being a whole Sylvania anyway, but said the township voted "no" in the end. I have a grandmother out there, but I don't think it would change anything gradual with where she is.

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