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Ohio panel mulls wording on ballot issues


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state panel is meeting Thursday to decide the easiest, fairest and shortest way to explain three contentious ballot issues to voters this fall.

Among them is a proposal that would repeal one of the nation’s most restrictive payday lending laws.

The state Ballot Board is determining the final wording that voters would see at the polls on Nov. 4 and on absentee ballots distributed before then.

The battle is particularly heated with the payday lending issue, with both opponents and supporters jockeying over who gets to be listed as the “no” vote on the ballot. The “no” vote often serves as the default for skeptical or confused voters.

Other ballot issues being reviewed include a proposal that would allow Ohio’s first legal casino near Wilmington in Clinton County and another that mandate seven paid sick days for most full-time workers in the state.


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