Statistical Tables of Amendments Proposed and Adopted
These tables are updated versions of tables contained in "The Ohio State Constitution, A Reference Guide", Steven H. Steinglass & Gino J. Scarselli , KFO401 1851 .A6 S74 2004
Amendments Proposed and Adopted in 1912, pre and post 1912
*This includes the three proposed amendments submitted separately to the voters in 1874 and rejected by them along with the proposed Constitution of 1874.
"The 1912 Constitutional Convention is an important dividing line in Ohio constitutional history. From the adoption of Ohio’s second constitution in 1851 to the 1912 Constitutional Convention, the voters amended the Ohio Constitution only eleven times with the most significant amendment being the 1903 provision giving the governor the veto power. In 1912 alone, however, the voters approved 34 amendments, more than three times as many amendments as they approved in the sixty years following the adoption of the 1851 Constitution.The 1912 Constitutional Convention also made the process of amending the constitution less difficult, and in the following one hundred years the voters approved 120 of 218 proposed amendments." ( Updated excerpt from Steinglass, Steven H. and Scarselli, Gino J. The Ohio State Constitution : A Reference Guide . Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004, p. 52.)
Amendments Proposed by General Assembly (“GA”) and Initiative and Adopted 1913-2012
|Decade||GA||GA Pass||GA Fail||Initiative||Initiative Pass||Initiative Fail||Total||Pass||Fail|
This chart demonstrates that the use of the initiative to propose constitutional amendments was more common in 1913-1919 the period immediately after the initiative petition came into being.
"The pace of constitutional change since 1912 has varied significantly with the most amendments being adopted in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s when the voters approved 63 out of 100 proposed amendments. By far, more amendments were proposed and adopted in the 1970s than in any other decade in large part due to the creation of the Ohio Constitutional Revision Commission by the General Assembly to review and recommend changes to the constitution."
Excerpt from Steinglass, Steven H. and Scarselli, Gino J. The Ohio State Constitution : A Reference Guide . Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004, p. 54.