On April 21, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Zachary Scott’s name should be added to the Democratic Party primary ballot, even though some ballots had already been printed and some voters have already voted. The primary is May 6. Scott is running for Democratic State Central Committee. Here is the opinion in State ex rel Scott v Franklin County Board of Elections, 2014-1685.
Scott needed five valid signatures. He submitted nine signatures. The Board invalidated five signatures. One signature was invalidated because the voter had printed her name on the signature line on her voter registration form, but on the petition, she signed in cursive writing. The Franklin County Board of Elections had held a hearing and this particular voter testified that she was the signer. Nevertheless, the Board disqualified her signature because it felt that since she had printed her name when she registered to vote, she had an obligation to print her name on the petition. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected that reasoning.