• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on Ohio Special Election Results

August 8, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ohio voters stopped Republican efforts to thwart Democracy by voting against and defeating Issue 1 – a ballot initiative attempting to raise the voting threshold required to amend the Ohio Constitution from 50% to a supermajority. This effort stemmed from Republicans in response to November’s ballot initiative that would enshrine abortion protections in the state constitution. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement: 

“Today Ohio voters sent a clear message that they won’t let Republicans subvert democracy in order to take away our reproductive freedom. Voters across the country have been clear on where they stand: strongly in favor of abortion rights, and this election was another proof point. That’s why Republicans are trying to take the decisions away from voters. At EMILYs List, we stand with the voters and the Democratic pro-choice leaders who will protect our rights to make our own health care decisions.

“Today Ohio voters protected our democracy; in November they will protect our reproductive rights.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.