TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Keep the Jail Downtown Initiative and the Lake Erie Bill of Rights have both been denied for the November ballot because of Supreme Court case law.
A heated, standing-room-only meeting took place Tuesday afternoon at the Lucas County Board of Elections.
The votes came after much shouting. The board voted unanimously to deny the keeping the Jail Downtown Initiative and the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Initiative off the November ballot.
They said it violated the scope of what these initiatives are allowed to do. Both had clauses in there that would've allowed private citizens to sue anyone who violated the initiatives, the board said.
The grassroots group "Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo" had nearly 60 volunteers collecting signatures for the past several months. On Aug. 7, they turned in their hard work in the form of more than 10,000 signatures to keep the jail downtown.
The group made up of neighbors believe the jail should stay downtown because of all the jail services that exist there currently. They also don't want to see it move into a neighborhood and feel this proposed location in north Toledo will cost additional time and transportation funds for law enforcement.