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Hicks-Hudson Condemns Ohio Republicans' Exploitation of Biden Ballot

May 29, 2024
Paula Hicks-Hudson News

Yesterday, state Senator Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) condemned Ohio Senate Republicans for again including unrelated and controversial language in a bill to fix the Biden ballot situation.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” said Hicks-Hudson. “The majority has once again passed unnecessary legislation that undermines the will of the people under the guise of putting President Biden on the ballot. The unnecessary cost and waste of taxpayer dollars is absolutely shameful.”

Yesterday, the Democratic National Committee announced their plan to get President Biden on the ballot via a virtual roll call ahead of Ohio's August 7 deadline. Ohio Senate Democrats have also introduced legislation that would permanently address the Ohio law that has repeatedly created problems in past presidential elections - for both Democrats and Republicans.

House Bill 271 was originally introduced to update the ballot issue numbering system. However, in addition to providing President Biden with a path to appear on the November ballot, the amendment introduced by Senate Republicans includes language that Senate Democrats have voted against multiple times.

House Bill 271 now returns to the House for its consideration. The House has scheduled a special session on Thursday, May 30 pursuant to the governor’s proclamation.