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Third party ballot access changed by lawmakers

Third party ballot access changed by lawmakers
Posted October 30th, 2013 @ 7:25pm by Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Proposed requirements for minor political parties have passed the Ohio House amid concerns that the rules would create hurdles to get on the ballot.

The House eased the measure's requirements Wednesday before it passed 52-44.

Representatives changed the bill to require minor parties to gather petition signatures from at least 10,000 registered voters to form their parties in 2014. Thereafter, they'd need a half-percent of the total vote cast in the most recent election for governor or president. That's roughly 28,000 signatures using last year's numbers.

To remain a qualified party, groups must get 2 percent of the total votes cast in the following gubernatorial or presidential election.

The Senate has to ok the changes.

Supporters say the standards are long overdue. Ohio's law was deemed unconstitutional in 2006.

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