Election Day results in many changes
On Tuesday, November 7th, some of the nation went out to vote for local issues. The Franklin County, Ohio issues that were voted on were Local Judges, School Boards, Municipal Government, and Ballot Measures. Issues that were voted on was Issue 1 that passed, and Issue 2 that failed.
Ohio Issue, also known as the Crime Victim Rights Initiative, will repeal Section 10a of Article I of the Ohio Constitution, and replace it with Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law is founded by Henry Nicholas after his sister, Marsy Nicholas, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. The boyfriend was released from jail and confronted the family without their knowledge of his release. Issue 1 provides crime victims with specific constitutional rights, the most notable of these are: to be heard at proceedings involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole of the accused; to a prompt conclusion of the case; to be notified about release or escape of the accused; to refuse an interview or disposition at the request of the accused; and to receive restitution from the individual who committed the criminal offense. This issue passed with a resounding 82.59% to 17.41% lead.
At this point, everyone has heard of Ohio Issue 2, but most do not know what it is actually about, other than something to do with medicine. Ohio Issue 2, the Drug Price Standards Initiative, was on the ballot as an indirect initiated state statute. It supported the measure to force state programs to purchase prescription drugs at the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for the drugs. Issue 2 was defeated with a staggering 79.28% to 20.72%.
Franklin county voted for their own districts for City Council, City School District Board members, and Municipal Court Judges. Hilliard’s new City Council consists of Andy Teaker, Tom Baker, Les Carrier, and Kelly McGiven. Hilliard City’s newest School District Board members are Lisa Whiting, Paul Lambert, and Mark Abate. The Municipal Court Judge beginning on January 1st is Nonpartisan Andrea Peeples. Starting January 2nd,
Nonpartisan Cindi Morehart will be another Municipal Court Judge. Nonpartisan Jarrod Skinner starts as a Municipal Court Judge on January 3rd. Later, Nonpartisan Jodi Thomas will start as a Municipal Court Judge on December 31st, 2019.
As this was an interim election and much fewer people go out to the poles than if a President, or a senator, or representative was being elected, the question comes up: why are local elections so important? AP United States History teacher, Kristopher Camp expresses the importance of the smaller elections.
“These elections are still important because your life is more affected by local policy than federal policy. Our lives are touched daily by education and the school levies and who’s mayor,” Camp said.
As a nation, people need to come out for these elections because these elections are what is going to affect them more than federal policy. How the government is stacked is important and it takes everyone to vote on for a good, evened out government.