Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus.
No. 2:16-cv-01030—James L. Graham, District Judge.
Decided and Filed: March 20, 2018
Before: SILER, BATCHELDER, and DONALD, Circuit Judges.
ALICE M. BATCHELDER, Circuit Judge. The Plaintiffs-Appellants in this case
submitted a ballot initiative petition proposing to amend the Ohio Constitution in two ways:
imposing term limits on the justices of the Ohio Supreme Court and requiring that all laws “that
apply to the people of the State of Ohio . . . apply equally to the members and employees of the
General Assembly.” But because Ohio law contains a single-subject rule which allows initiative
petitions to contain only “one proposed law or constitutional amendment,” the Ohio Ballot Board
split Plaintiffs’ initiative into two initiatives, each containing only one proposed constitutional
amendment. Plaintiffs brought this action challenging the Ohio initiative process, arguing that it
violates their First Amendment rights. The district court dismissed the action, and we AFFIRM.