Ohio fracking foes claim fundamental right to charter votes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters.

Election boards in Athens, Meigs (meggs) and Portage counties invalidated petitions seeking to put the measures on 2016 ballots and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) upheld those decisions.

The charters would restrict water use for fracking and prohibit disposal of fracking wastewater. They contain language that Husted and the counties argue would be unconstitutional because it would leave counties without an authorized form of government.

In a filing Tuesday, backers of the measures call that a circular argument. They say the people’s right to self-government is “fundamental, inherent and inalienable,” not something bureaucrats should control.

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