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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Biden might not meet Ohio ballot deadline


From the heart of⁤ SALT LAKE⁤ CITY, a unique challenge has emerged for President Joe Biden‍ regarding his ⁢potential candidacy⁤ in Ohio‍ for the 2024 elections. The state’s law presents a conundrum that⁢ requires either an early certification of Biden as the Democratic candidate for 2024, two weeks ahead of the ⁤planned schedule,​ or a special exception from ⁣the Ohio ⁣Legislature.

Ohio’s Secretary of⁣ State, Frank LaRose, penned a letter‌ to Liz Walters, the Chairwoman of the‍ Ohio​ Democratic Party, outlining these concerns.

The Democratic National Convention, where Biden is expected to be officially declared as the nominee, is set to take ⁤place on August 19. However, ⁢Ohio’s law stipulates that candidates must be certified by August 7.

LaRose’s letter, which was first made public by ABC News, stated, “Therefore, pending further clarification, I am left⁣ to conclude that the Democratic‌ National Committee ⁣must either move ⁤up its‌ nominating ‍convention or the Ohio General Assembly must ⁣act by May 9, 2024 (90 days prior to ⁢a new law’s​ effective ⁣date) to create an exception to this statutory requirement.”

The letter further urged the⁤ Democratic Party officials to provide a solution that aligns with the state law in a timely manner to the​ office of the secretary of state.

A spokesperson for the Biden ‍campaign, in a statement to NBC News, said that they are “monitoring the situation in Ohio,” and expressed ​confidence‌ that‌ “Joe Biden will be on the ballot in all​ 50 states.”

It’s important⁣ to note that⁤ the Republican Party holds‍ the ⁢majority ⁤in both chambers of Ohio’s state Legislature, making it difficult ​to ⁣extend the deadline. Holding the convention earlier could also lead to logistical challenges. These factors could ⁢potentially result in Biden being left off the ‍2024 ballot⁣ in Ohio.

As reported‌ by the Associated Press, the state had⁢ temporarily altered the rules before the 2020 presidential election, when both the⁢ Republican‌ and Democratic conventions were scheduled after the state’s ​certification ⁢deadline. A similar adjustment was made in 2012.

Ohio has historically been a significant state ⁤in presidential elections. Since 1856, 34 out ⁢of 38 Republican presidential‌ candidates‌ who ⁣won Ohio’s support have gone ⁣on to win the presidency.

The saying ‍”As Ohio goes, so goes the nation” has been a popular⁣ adage, but this trend was broken in the‍ last election when Ohio favored former President Donald Trump‌ in 2016 and 2020,⁣ but ‍Trump lost the latter ⁤election.

The last time such a deviation occurred was in 1960 when Ohio chose Richard Nixon over the ​eventual ⁢winner, John F. Kennedy.

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  1. Disagree – It’s crucial for a democratic process that all candidates have the opportunity to be on the ballot.


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