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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Athens Fracking Ban Could Be on November Election Ballot

From The Athens News:
With the Athens County Board of Elections slated to certify spring primary ballot petitions on Tuesday, county Prosecutor Keller Blackburn is poised to recommend that an anti-fracking measure be approved for the November election. 
The group behind the measure, the Athens Bill of Rights Committee, has sent a letter to the elections board and Blackburn through its attorney requesting the measure be approved for a vote on May 6. 
This was after Blackburn was informed by the elections board office, and subsequently notified the group, that Ohio Revised Code stipulates that ordinance petitions must be put before voters only on a general election ballot. 
Blackburn reaffirmed his position Friday, saying that he has not received any authoritative legal argument from the group for making an exception to put the question on the primary ballot instead. 
"I asked (the BORC's attorney) for any authority at all that they could find in law that didn't create a fatal flaw and would allow this to go on the (spring) ballot," he said. "The group did not respond with any type of authority whatsoever."
Read the whole article here. 

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