Democrats Battle Ballot Deadline, Biden Left Off?

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( – In a Sunday opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) slammed the Democratic Party for having attempted to fight a ballot deadline ahead of the presidential election. 

In his piece, LaRose argued that the antics of the Democratic Party after they did not manage to get President Joe Biden on the state’s ballot were hypocritical but also entertaining. He added that since 2020 the Democrats have claimed that any attempts to manipulate laws were a threat to the U.S. democracy. He added that anyone who dared to question the electoral process or even hired a lawyer in an attempt to do so should be considered a traitor and should face political persecution. 

Ohio requires that presidential nominees be certified 90 days before the election. However, the Democratic National Convention has determined that their official date for nominating a candidate is going to take place after the Ohio deadline. 

In the opinion piece, LaRose continued by arguing that the threat to U.S. democracy was clear to him and that he would not be bending any of the rules in order to benefit any candidate. He then pointed out that critics have claimed that his decision to uphold the law was going to take away from Ohio voters the option of choosing the president they want. However, as he noted this was not a problem that he had created nor was this the outcome he wanted. 

He then stated that he had first told the Democrats in April that the day they had selected could mean that Biden might be left off the ballot. Ohio lawmakers had many days to find a legislative solution to this issue, but any attempt had fallen through due to Democratic opposition.

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