Biden may miss November's voting deadline in Ohio, state elections official says

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Unless the Republican-controlled state Legislature makes an exception to the voting deadline or Democrats move up their conventions, the office that oversees Ohio says President Joe Biden won It could be taken off the ballot in Ohio. state elections.

The deadline to certify presidential candidates for the general election in Ohio is August 7, about two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, where Biden will face Republican challenger Donald Trump. It is expected that he will be nominated as

Under Ohio law, presidential candidates must be certified 90 days before the Nov. 5 general election, according to a letter written last week by Paul DeSantis, chief legal adviser to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. It is said that it is wanted.

“If you have any information that can ensure that our office complies with Ohio law in a timely manner, please contact me as soon as possible,” the letter said.

The Biden campaign said Monday that it does not expect the president to be removed from the vote due to the hurdle.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Ohio and are confident Joe Biden will be on the ballot in all 50 states,” the campaign said in a statement.

A similar situation occurred before the 2020 presidential election. In this case, the Republican and Democratic conventions were both scheduled outside the deadline, so Ohio lawmakers approved changing the deadline to 60 days, but only for that election.

The letter to Ohio Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters says Congress must act by May 9 to create an exception to the 90-day deadline or Democrats will move up their convention. Although it says that it is necessary to do so, it seems unlikely.

Messages seeking comment were left with Walters and the state party Monday.

Trump won Ohio on his way to the White House in 2016 and won again in 2020, losing to Biden, but the only presidential candidate supported by Ohio was John F. Kennedy in 1960. He became the first presidential candidate to lose since he supported Richard Nixon instead.

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