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Ohio Rematch Options Narrow With Candidate Missing One Signature

Voters in the November rematch between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor will have one fewer option to consider after a potential candidate fell a single signature short of getting on the ballot.

Would-be Libertarian candidate Matthew O’Connor—who shares a surname with the Democratic candidate—didn’t get the requisite five signatures to put his name on the November ballot for the U.S. House seat in Ohio’s 12th district, the Franklin County Board of Elections (Columbus) ruled Aug. 6.

The decision comes shortly after the Ohio Libertarian Party won state recognition for the fall races, empowering O’Connor to wade into the race.

In a July 13 email, Carrie Kuruc, an Ohio Secretary of State senior elections counsel, told county election officials that Matthew O’Connor needed five voter signatures for his minority political party nominating petition. But one of his five came from a voter outside the district, which encompasses the northern Columbus suburbs and central Ohio farm country, the Board of Elections told Bloomberg Government on Thursday.

The county and state Libertarian parties didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Matthew O’Connor couldn’t be immediately reached.

O’Connor Squared

O’Connor would have been the second candidate with his last name in the race, leading to possible name confusion.

Following the too-close-to-call Aug. 7 special election, Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor is currently holding out hope that absentee ballots put him ahead of state senator Balderson to fill the remainder of Pat Tiberi’s (R) seat. Regardless of the outcome, Danny O’Connor and Balderson will square off again in November.

As of Aug. 9, there were still roughly 8,000 absentee ballots left to count in the special election, and Balderson held a lead over Danny O’Connor of less than 2,000 votes.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Ebert in Columbus, Ohio at aebert@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Zachary Sherwood at zsherwood@bgov.com; Brandon Lee at blee@bgov.com

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