Ohio Sets Special U.S. House Election Date

On January 5, Ohio Governor John Kasich said there will be a special U.S. House election on August 7, to fill the vacant seat in the 12th district. The seat is vacant starting January 15, when incumbent Pat Tiberi’s resignation is effective.

The Governor also set May 8 as primary day for that election. His directive says independent candidates need a petition of 1% of the last gubernatorial vote, due May 7. But he did not say how a new political party may participate in that election. Currently the Green, Republican, and Democratic Parties are on the ballot, and the Libertarian Party is quite close to finishing its party petition.

The 12th district is in central Ohio. It includes Mansfield and the northern suburbs of Columbus.


Ohio Sets Special U.S. House Election Date — 13 Comments

  1. But he did not say how a new political party may participate in that election.
    NO mere LAW on the subject since Ohio became a STATE in 1803 ??? — 1st in the old NW territory area.

    How STONE AGE are all the 50 States regarding USA Rep and USA Senator vacancies ???

  2. Also — the Dumb City gerrymander hack MORONS admit new States and NOT look at the election laws in such States ???

  3. The United Coalition of Candidates is working across the USA and we are United with Ohio federal candidates:

    Candidates for US Congress (November 2018)

    California CD 2 Andy Caffrey [Ecotopian Democratic]
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  4. Date stuff machinations —

    Ohio — Elephant Tiberi and Elephant Guv —

    unlike Mich — Donkey Conyers and Elephant Guv.

    Gee – one more total party hacks election corruption.

  5. Ohio had a perfectly good law on how a new party may participate in a special election, between the beginning of government-printed ballots in 1891, and 1947. Between 1891 and 1947, a petitioning candidate could choose a partisan label that would be printed on the general election or special general election ballot. But in 1947 that label law was repealed. Henceforth petitioning candidates could not have any label on the ballot. That was held unconstitutional in Rosen v Brown in 1992 by the 6th circuit, but all Ohio did in response was say a petitioning candidate can choose “no-party candidate” or “other-party candidate”. And the government doesn’t even tell petitioning candidates of those choices, so generally they still have no label, because they don’t know they could choose one of those two silly labels.

  6. That perfectly good Ohio law demonstrates that it is a correct interpretation of the Ohio Constitution to have (some) partisan nominations made by petition, and not by primary only, since that was the interpretation immediately after the constitution was amended.

    Nominations, whether partisan or non-partisan, may be made by either primary or petition, as provided by statute.

    Note: some non-partisan nominations in Ohio are made in Top 2 primaries, and under recent statutory reforms, new party nominations are made by petition.

  7. Many nonpartisan local regimes have had top 2xN primaries since 1800s —

    N = number to elect, 1 or more.

    NO primaries –

    PR and AppV

  8. The circa 1912 Ohio Const Amdt ballot access section stuff was in BAN about 3-6 months ago.

  9. Ohio law until 1947, as Richard Winger’s testimony in the Ohio litigation and supporting public records made clear, only allowed independent candidates (who were nominated by petition) to include on the ballot a short statement of “the party or political principle which he represents, expressed in not more than three words,” or otherwise briefly “designate instead of a party or political principle any name or title which the signers may select.” This could not and did not reflect party endorsement and did not correlate with a political party’s being authorized to nominate a candidate by petition (as opposed to primary). An independent candidate could claim he was a Democrat or a Texan regardless of whether either supported him. Ohio’s history remains clear (as stated by Richard Winger); political parties were NEVER allowed to nominate candidates by petition (until 2014 with the passage of SB 193).

  10. Who is correct —

    RW Jan 7 ???

    or MB Jan 8 ???

    Any OLDE sample or actual ballots in archives / newspapers from 1914-2012 ???

  11. My point was that Richard Winger is correct and Jim Riley (as usual) is wrong. Ohio allowed independent candidates to identify with parties (or principles or anything else) until 1947 but Ohio NEVER allowed these political parties or any other recognized political parties to nominate candidates by petition (as opposed to primary) until 2014. These independent candidates were still independent candidates. Their identified party, principle “or any name or title” they might select evaporated after the election. It was not and did not become a recurring political party.

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