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Court orders anti-fracking issue back on Youngstown ballot

September 28, 2015

The News-Herald

September 24, 2015

By Associated Press

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-fracking measure in Youngstown must be put back on fall ballots. In a unanimous decision last week, the high court said the Mahoning County Board of Elections lacked the authority not to certify an anti-fracking charter amendment and so must put it back on the Nov. 3 ballot.

In their decision, justices said the board of elections does “not have authority to sit as arbiters of the legality or constitutionality of a ballot measure’s substantive terms,” The Youngstown Vindicator reported. The city argued that the board acted illegally by refusing to put the citizen-initiative charter amendment on the ballot, and officials said they’re happy with the court’s decision.

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