Voters confused by wording of Ohio Marijuana Issues

(WDTN Photo)
(WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Two issues on Ohio’s November ballot could have voters dazed and confused.

Carrie Lowe, a first-time voter, says she supports the legalization of marijuana.

“I’m considering voting this time. Because of how big this is and how big a lot of other issues are.”

There are two issues on the ballot: legalization of pot, and for monopolies to be allowed by the state’s constitution.

We’re asking voters if they’re prepared for the upcoming election.

“When you say monopolies, I would probably say yes to both. I’m not sure I understand it exactly.”

Click the image to see a sample ballot.
Click the image to see a sample ballot.

Her vote of “Yes” on Issues 2 and 3, actually means marijuana would not be legal.

A “Yes” vote on Issue 2 would keep monopolies the way they are now — non-existent.

A no vote would allow monopolies to be written into the state’s constitution.

Queisha Johnson says she supports medicinal marijuana, but believes the Ohio Board of Elections.

“I don’t even know what they’re asking. It’s very confusing!”

The vote on Issue 3 would legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Charles Connolly, a freshman at the University of Dayton, says he believed answering “Yes” on 2, would be a vote toward legal weed.

“It’s the opposite way around. It should be worded a little better,” Connolly said.

He’s worried other first time voters may make the same mistake.

“They skim through it. They don’t want to answer a lot of the questions as in-depth. So it could definitely screw a lot of things up.”

We interviewed nine people about how they’d vote — if the election were today. Eight of them didn’t make the ballot selections they really intended.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t have been prepared at all,” Hope Vaughan said.

For a simplified explanation–use our interactive chart below.

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