As Ohio Stays Home, Minimum Wage Ballot Organizers Sue To Extend SignatureDeadline

By Nick Evans

March 31, 2020

Organizers trying to put a minimum wage measure on November’s statewide ballot are hoping a Franklin County judge will grant an extension on the July 1 deadline for gathering signatures, amid a statewide stay-at-home order.

Organizers of the “Raise The Wage” amendment are asking for three things: more time to collect signatures, the ability for voters to sign petitions online, and fewer total signatures to make the November ballot.

The proposed amendment would increase the minimum wage every year to eventually reach $13 an hour by 2025. In February, the group won approval from the Ohio Ballot Board to begin collecting nearly 443,000 valid signatures by July.

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