The Charter 

Can I Read the Whole Charter?
How Does This Work?

The courts have required us to make the text of the charter very long, and the legalese can be daunting, so we’ve prepared a summary you can read by clicking below.

 

 If you want to read the whole charter, it is available here.

The Ohio Constitution ensures our right to change our county government through citizen initiative through the following process:

  •  Citizens craft a county charter in the form of a petition

  • Registered Ohio voters collect signatures of 10% of valid registered voters in the county (10% of those who voted in the previous gubernatorial election).  (Prior to the November 2018 election, , it is 4078, which means we should collect over 5,000 signatures, because people move, some think they're registered to vote, but are not.  We're saving the signatures we collected in 2018 and will collect over 6,000, because over two years, more people are likely to have moved, forgotten whether they've already signed and signed twice or could possibly be been purged from the voter list.)

  • Then, the charter should be placed on the ballot for the November election.

Why Can't I Sign Online?

Our Charter is changing the law.   Therefore signature collecting must be done in person  Click here to contact us to find out where you can help collect signatures and where you can sign. 

Why Are We Doing This Again?

PCRG has been working for four years for a county charter that legally asserts our rights as individuals and a community to protect our community.   In 2016 we collected well over 5,000 valid signatures---more than enough to put the proposed charter on the ballot, according to the Ohio Constitution.  We were kept off the ballot on a technicality.  Athens, Medina, and Meigs Counties have tried to enact charters with similar guarantees of our rights.  Citing various technicalities, the Secretary of State and the Ohio Supreme Court kept these charters off the ballot all three years.  PCRG's charter committee (like the other counties) worked for months with our legal team to try to meet the technical objections of the previous charters.   We're not going to give up.

What Rights Does the Charter Secure?

  • Community Rights, which are based on the principle that

    • “All political power is inherent in the people.  Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same…” and further given our local community “through their local representatives of all powers vested in but not limited to municipalities and the power to articulate and protect fundamental rights free from preemption by other levels of government.”

  • The Right to Untainted Elections, Initiative, Referendum and Recall. [At present, residents of rural townships have no legal authority to initiate legislation in their community, while in chartered municipalities, residents have legal authority to propose initiative referendum and recall within their local community.]

  • A legal distinction between corporate entities and natural persons because corporations are created and granted power by law and therefore corporations cannot use purported “rights” to challenge this charter or laws which protect the rights of natural human persons.

  • The Right to own property & rights against eminent domain for private gain rather than public use.

  • The Right to peaceful enjoy of home

  • The Equal Rights of all to be free from discrimination

  • The Rights of Nature to be protected from destruction and to flourish and evolve