Raising minimum wage, marijuana may end up on 2016 ballot in Ohio

Issues such as marijuana legalization and raising the minimum wage may end up on Ohio ballots in November 2016, impacting presidential election turnout.

Political operators in swing state Ohio are eyeing hot-button ballot issues that could drive voter turnout for their candidates, similar to a tactic used successfully in 2004 when a gay marriage ban propelled conservative voters to the polls and helped Republican George W. Bush win Ohio and the White House.

The race in Ohio was one of the closest in the nation in 2004, where George W. Bush defeated John Kerry, 51-49 percent.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the Democrats are weighing several issues — a hike in the minimum wage, a green energy proposal, legal marijuana – as possible ballot questions that would drive liberal voters to the polls in 2016.

“I appreciate him speculating on what we might be doing,” responded Ohio Democratic...

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