By Cynthia McCabe
They came to the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, today carrying a heavy load. Thousands of supporters trucked in 1.29 million signatures from citizens opposed to Senate Bill 5, which targets employee rights and worker safety.
At the We Are Ohio “People’s Parade” in Columbus, they delivered the SB 5 repeal petition signatures, representing every one of the Buckeye State’s 88 counties. The final tally was more than four times the number required by law to get SB 5 on the ballot for an overturn vote in November. The signatures represent more than 10 percent of the entire state’s population.
“Today we celebrate with you, our volunteers, the people who made this unprecedented achievement possible,” We Are Ohio campaign manager A.J. Stokes wrote in a message to supporters. “This historic number of signatures sends a strong, clear message to the extreme politicians who played political tricks to pass SB 5 and to the rest of the country.”
The effort, supported by the Ohio Education Association, brought together 10,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly in recent weeks to get the law, backed by Gov. John Kasich, in front of citizens for a vote.
“While we celebrate today, tomorrow we must hit the ground running,” Stokes said. “Nov. 8 will be here before we know it.”
Delivering the Petitions