Biden may miss deadline to vote in Ohio, election officials say

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Democrats could miss a deadline to put President Biden on the general election ballot in Ohio, according to the state’s election management office.

In a letter seen by The Washington Post, the Ohio secretary of state’s office told Ohio Democratic Party Chairwoman Liz Walters that the Democratic National Committee’s nominating convention is scheduled too late for Biden to arrive at the Ohio ballot because a state law requires nominees to be certified at least 90 days before the general election.

The letter, citing Ohio presidential election laws, said the deadline to certify a presidential candidate in Ohio is 90 days before the general election. The election is Nov. 5 this year, putting Ohio’s deadline on Aug. 7, but the Democratic National Convention, which is expected to nominate Biden for a rematch against Donald Trump, is not scheduled to meet until August 19.

The letter from Paul DiSantis, chief legal counsel to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R), asked Democratic state legislative leaders for clarification to ensure the party’s “timely compliance with Ohio law.”

Members of the Ohio Democratic Party who were copied on the letter — Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo and Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio — did not respond to the request. of comments from the Post on Sunday morning, but the Biden campaign said the president would appear in the letter. vote.

“We are monitoring the situation in Ohio and are confident that Joe Biden will be on the ballot in all 50 states,” Josh Marcus-Blank, a spokesman for the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign, told The Post in an email.

LaRose’s office suggested that the Democratic National Committee move up its nominating convention to meet the Aug. 7 deadline or that the Ohio General Assembly create an exception to the law for the Democratic nominee.

Ohio voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020.

It would be surprising if a Democratic or Republican candidate did not appear on the general election ballot in all 50 states, but in this year’s Democratic primary, Biden was not on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Democrats revamped their 2024 primary schedule to make South Carolina the first contest, but New Hampshire, where a state law requires its primaries to be first in the nation, did not boost its Democratic primary in response. The national party urged candidates not to participate and Biden chose not to put his name on the ballot, but won as a write-in candidate anyway.

In 2016, Trump almost didn’t appear in the general election. voting in minnesota due to an error by the Republican Party of that state. In December, Colorado disqualified Trump of the state’s primary voting, but the Supreme Court unanimously overturned that decision.

Both leading candidates have visited Ohio, which has 17 electoral votes, this year.

Biden visited East Palestine, Ohioin February, more than a year after a train derailment There it caused environmental problems and political disputes.

Last month, Trump held a demonstration in Vandalia, Ohio, where he said that some immigrants accused of crimes “are not people” and that there would be a “bloodbath for the country” if he is not elected.

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