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Update: The organizers of this ballot measure have announced they are abandoning the effort to qualify it for the ballot..

Update: John Koza, the chairman of the National Popular Vote that has successfully passed a compact among 15 states to change allocation of their electors to award the presidency to whomever wins the popular vote has made clear that his organization is not behind this ballot effort in Ohio, which unnecessarily amends the Ohio constitution with vaguer language than other states have enacted.

Ohio's Attorney General has certified a petition to place an issue on Ohio's November ballot that would have the state join the National Popular Vote pact for presidential elections. Proponents still need to gather at least 442,958 signatures of registered Ohio voters by June 3 to qualify the measure for the ballot.

If approved, Ohio would join at least 14 other states who have collectively agreed to award their electors to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia.) The agreement, which does not abolish the Electoral College, only activates once states that control a majority of the Electoral College (270 electors) have joined. The states that have already agreed to the plan comprise 184 electoral votes. Ohio would bring that total to 202, so several more states would need to join the pact before it goes into effect.

The New Mexico legislature has passed the plan and Governor Grisham is expected to sign it. Every state that has entered the plan so far has done so via legislative approval. Ohio would be the first state were voters could directly weigh in on the idea.