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Ohio Ballot Board Weighs The Power Of 'No'

Ohio political operatives know it's usually easier to convince people to vote 'no' on ballot issues than to vote 'yes.' That's one reason critics of Ohio's new collective bargaining law have been confident they will get their way and have voters reject the law in a referendum this November. But now comes word that the law's critics may not necessarily be allowed to be on the 'vote no' side. When voters are unsure how to vote or confused, they tend to vote 'no.' In a close ballot election, that can be a deciding factor. Foes of the collective bargaining law have figured that, in addition to the merits, being on the vote 'no' side of the pending referendum would help them kill the collective bargaining law that strips unions of much of their negotiating power. Ohio elections officials said not so fast. They said it's not certain that critics of the law will get to be on the vote 'no' side. Secretary of State Jon Husted's office said the five member Ohio ballot board could rephrase the referendum in a way that would give foes of the law the burden of winning with 'yes' votes.