• Gwen B. Fischer

Democracy needs all of us

In this, our third year collecting signatures to put a rights-based county charter on the ballot for Portage, we missed the final deadline (July 14th) to turn in sufficient signatures (4,078 valid signatures required). But, we're not going away. We had a late start due to our work with the lawyers trying to craft a charter that would meet the technical objections of the Board of Elections (BOE), the Secretary of State (SoS) and the Ohio Supreme Court (OSC). Their vague objections to the amount of detail we needed to include in the actual charter made that task difficult.

The good news is that we have grown our list of supporters and our group. We've spread the word about our efforts. We're ready to make plans for next year.

Portage Community Rights Group (PCRG) is part of the Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN) and one of four counties working to get local community rights (Medina, Athens, Meigs, and Portage). Ohio is connected to the National Community Rights Network.

We'll be planning for next year this fall. Join us.

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