Supreme Court nixes Franklin County Democrat’s ballot challenge

By: - February 14, 2020 3:17 pm

Pictured is the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center where the Ohio Supreme Court meets. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons..

The Ohio Supreme Court struck down an effort from a Franklin County Democrat seeking a spot on the primary ballot for the state House of Representatives.

In an opinion released Friday, all but one justice nixed the petition from Tiffany White, who alleged the Franklin County Board of Elections improperly discounted several signatures on her nominating petition.

The discounted signatures left her with 49 remaining, one shy of the threshold to onboard the ballot. 

Thus, White will not join the five Democrats running to replace Rep. Bernandine Kennedy Kent, D-Columbus, who is not seeking reelection.

The court sided with FCBE, finding it was correct to discount certain signatures. While White submitted what she characterized as affidavits from some of her signatories, the court ruled they lack several aspects required to meet the legal threshold of a sworn statement.

You can read earlier coverage of White’s lawsuit here.

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Jake Zuckerman
Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.