State Certifies Candidates For Presidential Primary Ballot

Jan 8, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says candidates for the March presidential primary ballot have been certified.  

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Eleven Democratic presidential candidates have been certified to have their names appear on the ballot. There was a problem with Andrew Yang’s petition filing so his name won’t be listed but he has been certified as a write-in candidate. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says Yang’s votes will be treated just like the other certified candidates as far as he is concerned.


“We’ve made clear we would recognize those write-in votes as the Secretary of State is recording and tabulating them.


John Delaney also had problems with his petitions and will not be on the ballot. Marianne Williamson didn’t file paperwork.


On the Republican side, Donald Trump’s petitions have been certified, but Bill Weld’s were not, so the president won’t face a GOP primary in Ohio. The voter registration deadline is February 18 and early voting starts the next day.