Biden Faces New Threat

( – President Joe Biden may be at risk of not appearing on the ballot in Ohio due to a potential conflict with the state’s certification deadline, according to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who has issued a warning to state Democrats.

On April 5, LaRose’s legal counsel, Paul Disantis, initially alerted the Ohio Democratic Party to a state law that mandates the certification of presidential and vice-presidential candidates 90 days prior to Election Day.

This year, the deadline falls on August 7, with the general election scheduled for November 5. A significant scheduling conflict arises because Biden will not receive formal nomination until the Democratic National Convention, which is set to occur in Chicago from August 19 to 22.

This timing discrepancy jeopardizes Biden’s eligibility to appear on the Ohio ballot, National Review reports.

Weeks after the initial notification, LaRose stated that he had not received any communication from either the Ohio Democratic Party or the Democratic National Committee regarding their plans to adhere to the ballot access deadline.

In a follow-up letter distributed this week, LaRose, Ohio’s chief election officer, encouraged the Democratic Party to collaborate with Ohio officials to find a viable alternative.

“As it stands today, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee will not be on the Ohio ballot. That is not my choice,” LaRose articulated in a statement accompanying the letter.

“It’s due to a conflict in the law created by the party, and the party has so far offered no legally acceptable remedy,” he added.

Previously, the Democrats proposed a “provisional certification” by the statutory deadline.

However, the Ohio attorney general, Dave Yost’s office advised LaRose that state law does not permit provisional certifications for candidates.

The resolution to this impasse could either come from the state legislature enacting a bill to allow Biden’s certification or from the Democratic Party rescheduling its national convention dates to nominate Biden on or before August 7.

Legislators in Ohio have proposed a bill to amend the state’s certification deadline to 74 days before the November 5 election, which would move the deadline to August 23, a day after the DNC concludes.

Despite this, the bill’s progression is stalled as the Ohio House adjourned without a vote on the matter.

Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo, a Democrat, speculated that the resolution might necessitate judicial intervention.

Governor Mike DeWine expressed optimism regarding Biden’s eventual presence on Ohio’s ballot.

“No one should worry, they’re going to be able to vote for the president or the former president, whoever they want to vote for… So it’s either going to be done by the court, or it’s going to be done by the legislature,” he assured.

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