Yahoo.com, By Susan Rinkunas-JEZEBEL, Posted November 2nd 2023
Ohioans are voting on a ballot measure that will codify abortion rights in the state, with voting going on now through November 7—and by all accounts, the pro-choice side is crushing the anti-abortion side. Not only does polling show that nearly 60% of voters support Issue 1, including a majority of independents, but early vote turnout is up, and the anti-Issue 1 campaign is getting beat in fundraising.
Issue 1 would enshrine the right to abortion and other reproductive healthcare decisions into the state constitution; the pro-choice position is to vote “yes.” Supporters of the amendment have raised nearly $29 million since September 8, the most recent filing period, while opponents of Issue 1 got just under $10 million in donations. Those figures are via public filings from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
Desperate Ohio Republicans tried to kneecap the ballot measure with a special election in August that sought to raise the threshold for passage, but that effort failed spectacularly. (The final vote was 57% to 43% to leave the rules as is.) The pro-choice side, led by Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, urged people to vote no in August and is telling them to vote yes in November.
Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor emeritus in public affairs and philanthropic studies at Indiana University, told the Associated Press that the August defeat probably made anti-abortion donors less willing to keep shelling out money.
This latest news is heartening, but, of course, neither polls or donations vote, so we have to wait until November 7 to see what happens.