Ohio Ballot Issue Threatens President Biden's Listing for Election

 May 22, 2024

President Joe Biden faces potential exclusion from the Ohio ballot in the forthcoming elections.

Fox News reported that Ohio's state laws conflict with the Democratic Party's certification timeline, risking Biden's presence on the ballot.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued warnings to the state’s Democrats, emphasizing the strict deadline that requires candidates to be certified 90 days before the election.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party intends to confirm Biden as its presidential nominee only 75 days before the election during its national convention in Wisconsin.

The enforcement of state law by Frank LaRose underscores his commitment to legal compliance over political interests. LaRose stated, "I’ve said from here to Colorado that it’s in the best interest of voters to have a choice in the race for president. I’m also duty-bound to follow the law as Ohio’s chief elections officer.”

Legislative Options Seem Unlikely

Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens has expressed a lack of enthusiasm for legislative intervention.

He indicated that resolving this issue is not a priority for the legislature. This reluctance has left the door open for legal battles, as forecasted by parties on both sides of the political spectrum.

Frank LaRose’s correspondence has repeatedly highlighted the urgency of finding a solution that aligns with state laws. Despite proposing "provisional certification," Ohio Democrats have yet to offer an approach that adheres to existing legislation, leaving the state's chief elections officer in a precarious position.

Legal Resolution May Be Inevitable

The possibility of court intervention looms as political channels appear exhausted. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has speculated that if legislative remedies are not pursued, the judiciary might become the decision-maker in this standoff.

LaRose added:

The Ohio House speaker said today there won’t be a legislative solution, so I’ve sent a letter to Ohio Democrats' chair seeking (again) a solution that upholds the law and respects the voters. I trust they’ll act quickly.

Impact on Voters and Democratic Processes

The repercussions of this situation extend beyond mere administrative hurdles. Ohio represents a crucial battleground state, and the absence of a major candidate could significantly skew voter engagement and the democratic process. This scenario pressures all involved to seek a swift and lawful remedy.

In summary, President Joe Biden may be excluded from the Ohio ballot due to conflicting timelines between state laws and the Democratic Party's certification process. Ohio law requires candidates to be certified 90 days before the election, but the Democratic Party plans to confirm Biden 75 days before the election.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose emphasizes the importance of following state laws, but legislative intervention seems unlikely. This could lead to legal battles, with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine suggesting that the judiciary may need to resolve the issue if no legislative solution is found.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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