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Secretary of State Jon Husted rules Democratic candidates should be allowed on ballot

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 11, 2014

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ruled today that two Democratic central committee candidates should be allowed on the ballot, despite problems with their petitions.

In doing so Husted, a Republican, went against the GOP members of the Summit County elections board and sided with the Democrats.

The board's Republican members thought Mary Nichols-Rhodes, a former Cuyahoga Falls council member, and Summit County Councilman John Schmidt should be disqualified from running for their party's central committee in the May 6 election because they omitted the day of the month in the date line above their signatures on their petitions. The Democratic board members thought they should be certified, despite the error.

Husted said in his tie-vote letter that "there is no provision in law that explicitly requires a prospective candidate to date his or her signature." He also said he doesn't think the lack of a month "confused or misled any signer of either petition."

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