12 Dems certified for Ohio primary ballot, Trump to be unopposed

By: - January 7, 2020 3:13 pm

This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State’s Office.

Yang a write-in candidate; Delaney, Weld left off ballot

President Donald Trump will face no challenge on the Ohio primary ballot in March, while a dozen Democrats will duke it out to earn some of the state’s delegates.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office announced the list of candidates that will appear on the March 17 ballot. Secretary of State Frank LaRose identified filing issues with three candidates: Democrats Andrew Yang and John Delaney, along with Republican Bill Weld.

Yang is instead certified as a write-in candidate, while Delaney and Weld are left off the ballot entirely. 

The remaining 11 Democrats on the ballot, in alphabetical order, are Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. 

The Democratic delegates are awarded proportionally. 

LaRose reported that Yang’s campaign failed to submit a “statement from the candidate stating (Yang’s) intention to run” along with the other required paperwork.

“As Secretary of State, I’m duty-bound to follow the law, and the law is clear,” LaRose said in a statement on Jan. 4, “when Ohioans sign a petition they deserve to know what they’re signing.”

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate was two days later, and Yang successfully did so.

Delaney’s campaign failed to make the ballot in similar fashion: for not including a Declaration of Candidacy with most of the signed petitions, rendering them invalid. Weld had two separate filing paperwork issues that left him off the ballot. 

The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is Feb. 18. Early voting begins a day later. Visit www.voteohio.gov to register or find more election information.

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.