Third Party Ballot Access Bill Clears Ohio Senate

Despite objections by minor party candidates and the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ohio senate cleared a bill to set new requirements for third parties to appear on ballots.(Photo: .)
Despite objections by minor party candidates and the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ohio senate cleared a bill to set new requirements for third parties to appear on ballots.(Photo: .)

Ohio senators have cleared a bill that would set new requirements for third parties to appear on ballots in the swing state.

Representatives of the Green and Libertarian parties oppose the measure, which passed on a 22-11 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the House.

The American Civil Liberties Union told lawmakers that the proposals’ petition requirements are onerous for third parties. Plus, the legal organization says the changes come too close to Ohio’s 2014 statewide elections.

Sponsoring Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said the bill establishes new rules for minor parties following a court’s rejection of Ohio’s previous law.

The proposal comes as Ohio Republicans face growing competition from tea party supporters who say they may support a third-party challenger to Gov. John Kasich next year.

Comments
  • 333SAL

    I believe that it is inevitable that third parties will play a growing role in this crippled political climate. It would be good to see an “Independent Party” develop, since the other labels come with such charged innuendo. An Independent Party could gather many more of the dissatisfied electorate, and once we deactivate the two major compromised parties, we could always bi- or trifurcate from there, deciding which concepts and issues we want to embrace.

    The important thing right now is to politically disempower those who are holding us back!