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Ohio House Passes Bill Setting Early February Petition Deadline for New Party Petitions

Published on June 29, 2011, by in General.

On June 29, the Ohio House again passed HB 194. It had already been passed by the Senate. The House then (on June 29) accepted the Senate’s amendments, so the bill is through the legislature. The bill moves the presidential primary to the first week in May, and sets the petition deadline for new parties at 90 days before the primary. This gives Ohio a petition deadline that is almost certainly unconstitutionally early, even though the bill does improve the deadline. There are no reported decisions that uphold a petition deadline that early, and there are 15 decisions that strike down petition deadlines that early, including Williams v Rhodes, a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The old deadline, in November of odd years, was declared unconstitutional in 2006, and Ohio officials will now probably say that HB 194 cures the constitutional infirmity.

2 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    Another chance to OVER-RULE ALL ballot access cases starting with Williams v. Rhodes 1968 —

    Separate is NOT equal.

    Brown v. Bd of Ed 1954

    EQUAL ballot access requirements for ALL candidates for the same office in the the same area — difficult only for SCOTUS MORONS ???

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