Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ohio legislature passes new ballot-access rules for minor political parties

06 November 2013

By  Jeremy Pelzer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Under Senate Bill 193, passed by the House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon, third parties would each need to collect about 28,000 signatures, including at least 500 signatures each from at least half of Ohio's 16 congressional districts, to regain recognition as a party by the state....

Starting in 2015, activists would have to collect signatures equal to 1 percent of the last presidential or gubernatorial vote -- about 56,000 votes in the 2012 general election -- to win party recognition. To stay on the ballot, parties would have to garner 3 percent of the vote in a presidential or gubernatorial election.....

State Sen. Bill Seitz, the Cincinnati Republican sponsoring the bill, has said the measure is needed to enact new laws to govern minor parties after a 2006 court ruling found the state's previous standards to be unconstitutionally restrictive. Since then, the state has continued to recognize four minor parties: the Libertarians, the Greens, the Constitution Party, and the Socialist Party....."

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