Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued a warning on Tuesday that Joe Biden’s name may not be featured on Ohio’s ballot on Election Day. The Ohio Democratic Party has been repeatedly cautioned by LaRose’s office and the state legislature that Biden is at risk of missing the state’s candidate filing deadline. As per Ohio’s regulations, political parties are required to certify their presidential candidates at least 90 days before the election. However, the Democratic Party plans to certify Biden at their national convention in Wisconsin on August 19, just 75 days before the election, creating a potential conflict with the state’s law.

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Stressing the importance of giving voters choices in the presidential race, LaRose stated, “As it stands today, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee will not be on the Ohio ballot. That is not my choice. It’s due to a conflict in the law created by the party, and the party has so far offered no legally acceptable remedy.”

Despite suggestions of a “provisional certification” for Biden’s candidacy, LaRose emphasized that Ohio law does not permit such a workaround. He urged either a legislative amendment to allow Biden’s certification or a revision of the party’s strategy. However, Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens indicated that lawmakers were not inclined to intervene to assist Biden.


Ohio Democrats have yet to provide a response to LaRose’s letter, raising concerns about potential internal party repercussions or legal actions. While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine assured voters that Biden would be on the ballot in November, he noted that court intervention might be necessary if the legislature does not act.

The dilemma surrounding Joe Biden’s candidacy in Ohio highlights a contentious issue that remains unresolved, with political and legal implications hanging in the balance.

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