Not just Ohio: Biased language is the hot new tactic to thwart ballot measures

Advocates view language fights as part of larger war on ballot initiatives

By: - September 1, 2023 5:25 am

Hundreds protest against a measure that would make it more difficult to change the Ohio constitution. Democracy advocates say fierce battles are occurring over the once-obscure topic of ballot language. (Graham Stokes/Ohio Capital Journal)

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Zachary Roth
Zachary Roth

Zachary Roth is the National Democracy Reporter for States Newsroom. He is a former national reporter at MSNBC, and the author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy (Crown, 2016). He has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, Politico, and more.