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Abortion rights and marijuana questions expected to drive Ohioans to polls as early voting begins
Heavier-than-normal turnout is expected Wednesday as early voting begins in Ohio’s closely watched off-year election
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Heavier-than-normal turnout is expected Wednesday as early voting begins in Ohio's closely watched off-year election to decide the future of abortion access and marijuana legalization in the state.
Of greatest interest nationally is Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment giving every person “the right to make and carry out one's own reproductive decisions.” The effort comes on the heels of a string of victories for abortion rights proponents around the country who have been winning in both Democratic and deeply Republican states since the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion was overturned.
Both sides tried to gin up enthusiasm over the past week as they hosted rallies and canvassing events across the state.
Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, the yes campaign, emphasizes the measure's ability to keep Ohio's ban on most abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected from taking effect. A judge's order has placed the 2019 law on hold, but the Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether to lift that stay.