Ohio League of Women Voters’ explanation of the Ohio constitutional convention amendment, also known as Issue 1:
The last time a constitutional convention was held in Ohio was in 1911.
Under the Ohio Constitution, every 20 years voters are asked: “Shall there be a convention to revise, alter or amend the constitution?”
If voters decide in favor of the constitutional convention, the General Assembly will make provisions concerning electing delegates for a convention to revise, amend or change the Ohio Constitution.
The delegates to the constitutional convention may agree on amendments, which must be approved by the voters before taking effect.
Proponents of holding a constitutional convention argue that
1. Portions of the Ohio Constitution should be revised, and the General Assembly has not acted to revise them.
2. Holding a constitutional convention will permit citizens to place amendments before the voters without the approval of the General Assembly.
Opponents of holding a constitutional convention argue that
1. The General Assembly should propose revisions as recommended by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
2. Special interests may dominate the convention.
Source: Quoted from Ohio League of Women Voters’ website