Ohioans deserve fair electionsPosted by DarthDilbert at 3/16/2010 04:18:00 PM
(Reformatted from an email:)
As Americans we can all certainly agree that the integrity of our electoral process needs to be protected if we are to maintain any faith in our government. The recent disqualifications of five primary candidates by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has eyebrows raising all over Ohio. Steve Christopher, a challenger to Mike Dewine who was running unopposed after Dave Yost drop dropped out of the race to run for State Auditor, was disqualified, as was Traci Johnson, a democrat running for Senate against Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. She submitted 1858 signatures and only 834 were declared valid.
The Christopher campaign delivered petitions with 2750 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State who claims that only 788 signatures were received and only 638 were found to be valid, A receipt was issued by the SOS office for 2750 signatures so the unanswered question remains as to what happened to the approximately 2000 signatures as SOS insists her office only received 788. Since 1000 valid signatures are needed to be placed on the ballot, Christopher will not be on the ballot. Secretary Brunner claims to have never received petitions from some of the counties where large numbers of signatures were obtained.
Concerns by both of these candidates appear to be valid. The Christopher campaign has decided to challenge the Secretary of State's disqualification and has hired David Langdon, an attorney from Cincinnati, to proceed with court action to secure his rightful position on the May Republican primary ballot. Due to the restrictive time restraints regarding election laws, it was necessary for Langdon to file a complaint for writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court on Christopher's behalf.
Please help by calling Ohio State Senators and House Representatives
In addition to the Ohio Supreme Court hearing the case, Senator Grendell has called for an investigation into the action of the Office of the Secretary of State and has asked the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House to support fair and ethical election practices by adding their voice to the demand for a full investigation. As an Ohio voter, if you want to be assured that fair and ethical election practices are being upheld, then please join in the "PHONE BLITZ" to all representatives in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House in Columbus to demand they join in the call to demand an investigation. This is a bi-partisan concern that affects us all, and regardless of political party or personal viewpoint, we must demand that fair elections are safe guarded in Ohio.
You are encouraged to contact both the Ohio Senators and the Ohio House members and ask them to join Senator Grendell in calling for an investigation into the Secretary of State's handling of these petitions. Ohioans need to be able to count on fair election standards and practices from the office that oversees Ohio elections.
Call the State Senators & House members and consider telling them the following:
• that you agree with Senator Grendell's call for an investigation and you want them to join with Senator Grendell to find out what happened to the missing signatures so this cannot happen again in the future
• that as an Ohio voter you want to be assured that fair and ethical election practices are being upheld
• that regardless of political party or personal viewpoint, fair elections must be safe guarded.
• that this is a bi-partisan concern that affects us all
• that Ohioans deserve to have their voices be heard at Ohio ballot boxes without fear of the process being subverted.
• that we are making no accusations... we are simply seeking the truth in this matter
From the Akron Beacon Journal - 3/13/2010 (http://www.ohio.com/news/87595042.html)
"At the same time that the Brunner-Christopher battle was heating up Friday, state Sen. Timothy Grendell, R-Chesterland, got into the fray.With no odor being too obscure for his olfactory senses, Grendell has never missed the whiff of a scandal in his legislative career.
He fired off a letter to Brunner raising a series of quasi-logical questions, including, "Why did your office bother asking local boards of elections to verify those 788 signatures when they were clearly short of the 1,000 needed to put Mr. Christopher on the ballot?"
Responding to Langdon, Rankin answered Grendell. "In an abundance of caution and so as not to cause any petitions to be withheld from board review, staff sent all petitions to the boards of elections, regardless of the number of signatures initially filed," Rankin wrote."
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Press Release From Conservatives for Steve Christopher - 3/12/2010:
As of today, March 12, 2010, Steve Christopher has given his attorney, David Langdon of Cincinnati, photocopies of all of the petitions that were filed with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's office on February 18. Langdon attempted to work with the Secretary of State's office in an effort to find a resolution to the lost or misplaced petitions. It was Christopher's intent to have these petitions sent to the proper county Boards of Elections so that the signatures on the petitions could be properly validated.
A fair and equitable agreement could not be reached with the Secretary of State's Office. Steve Christopher has authorized Langdon to proceed with court action to secure his rightful position on the May Republican primary ballot. Due to the extremely restrictive time restraints regarding election laws, Christopher has no further time to wait for a resolution. Langdon has filed a complaint for writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court on Christopher's behalf.
At this time we have several pieces of evidence that we are able to release to the press upon request. If a copy of these documents is requested, please use the email address shown below for the request. We have an Excel spreadsheet documenting the candidate's submitted quantity of petitions that was created by the Secretary of State's office and distributed by that office to the 88 Ohio county Board of Elections offices. We also have an Excel spreadsheet that contains a breakdown by county of the copied petitions that the campaign has in its possession. This document illustrates the number of petitions collected and the counties in which they were obtained. If anyone would like to see the actual petitions filed by Christopher with the Secretary of State's office, these are available for viewing at www.SteveChristopher.org.
The Columbus Dispatch — 3/12/2010 (UPDATED: AG candidate fighting his disqualification)
Dayton Daily News — 3/8/2010 (Dewine foe may mount legal challenge to get on ballot)
Dispatch Politics: a Division of The Columbus Dispatch — 3/10/2010 (Two dispute ballot disqualification)
The Lima News — 3/10/2010 (Denied Candidate to take case to court)
The Columbus Dispatch — 2/2/10 (Tea Party protesters pan GOP party picks - Activists wanted Yost for attorney general; DeWine not "right" enough)
Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State Website -- 3/9/2010 (Secretary Brunner Responds to Unfounded Allegations)
Ohio TEA Party chooses fellow organizer over GOP RINO -- 3/1/10 (http://bit.ly/bGQXbv)
Jennifer Brunner and Acorn -- 10/10/2008 (FoxNews)
Press release from the Ohio Liberty Council -- 3/11/2010:
The Ohio Liberty Council Calls for Transparency in Disqualification of Primary Candidates
The Ohio Liberty Council (OLC) is calling for transparency from the Ohio Secretary of State in the disqualification of five candidates from the 2010 primary ballot. Numerous irregularities have been noted and the OLC is demanding a full accounting of the ballot review process from receipt to validation to decision. In addition to two Attorney General candidates, three Candidates for U.S. Senate, Ms. Brunner's opponents, were disqualified by the Secretary of State.
Candidates Steve Christopher for Attorney General and Tracy Johnson for US Senate have called on the Secretary's office to conduct an internal investigation into the handling of their petitions. The OLC believes the Secretary of State has an obligation to assure the citizens of Ohio a transparent and ethical process of signature validation, and the political parties have an obligation to assure the process is completed ethically. The OLC is appalled by the silence and apparent indifference with which both major parties — Democrat and Republican — have responded to the disqualification of these candidates.
The OLC calls upon both parties and the Secretary of State to uphold the right of Ohioans to choose their candidates and to participate freely in the election process without fear of subversion. Lack of transparency and/or ethics violations in a primary or general election cycle damage the constitutional right of citizens to select their representatives in government.
Senator Grendell has called for an investigation into the action of the Office of the Secretary of State and has asked the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate to support fair and ethical election practices by adding their voice to the demand for a full investigation. The OLC is in full support of this measure.
President of the Ohio Liberty Council, Chris Littleton, was quoted, "Our organization believes in the importance of transparency in the electoral process. While we are making no accusations in this scenario, when multiple candidates express concern with the process - it's clear a thorough investigation should be launched. We are simply seeking truth in this matter."
Candidates Contesting Disqualification
Traci Johnson (Democrat - U.S. Senate)
1,305 signatures submitted
Steve Christopher (Republican - Attorney General)
2,750 signatures submitted