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Last-Minute Decision Puts Youngstown's Anti-Fracking Measure Back on the Ballot

Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee
Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee

The Ohio Supreme Court now says a local anti-fracking measure that was taken off the May 8th primary ballot in Youngstown must be put back on.  The court’s ruling two weeks before the election -- and after early voting had begun -- creates some problems.  Mahoning elections official and Youngstown anti-fracking activist comment on court decision

Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee
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Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee

Deputy Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Thomas McCabe says the board placed a call to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office immediately after the decision for guidance on what to do. 

“We’ve been advised to send a supplemental ballot with just that issue to every voter that has cast a ballot in Youngstown so far.” 

Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee, the group that brought the case, says the lateness of the decision puts them in a bind too, campaign-wise.

“We’re very, very happy they decided the right way.  That’s wonderful.  But thirteen days?  Really?”

She says it means the measure, which has lost six times -- but by a smaller margin in each successive election -- will likely lose again. But she says the court decision means an eighth attempt is possible and probable because of the steady progress with attracting voters. 

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