ICYMI: Top stories of the week

Each week, we bring you a collection of the most viewed stories from The Daily Brew, condensed. Here are the top stories from the week of August 7-August 11.

Constitutional amendment to provide state right to abortion will be on November 2023 ballot in Ohio

Ohio voters will decide a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on abortion and other reproductive decisions on Nov. 7, 2023. 

The Ohio amendment is the first and only statewide abortion measure certified for the ballot this year. Two more—in Maryland and New York—are currently set for 2024. Similar amendments have been proposed in Florida, Missouri, and South Dakota and may appear on the 2024 ballot.

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Ohio voters defeat Issue 1

On Tuesday, Ohio voters defeated Issue 1, an amendment that would have increased the vote requirement to approve future state constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60%. With 95% of the vote in, election results showed the amendment losing 57%-43%.

As a result, the Ohio Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Including Abortion Initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot (and future measures) will be decided by a simple majority requirement.

In case you missed it, click here for a recap of our coverage.

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146 candidates filed for congressional and statewide offices last week

Last week, 146 candidates filed to run for congressional and state offices—including for elections in 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026.

That’s up 24 from the preceding week. Since the start of the year, we’ve tracked an average of 86 candidate filings per week.

For more information about how we determine candidacies and a full list of candidates running for Congress in 2024, click the link below.

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