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Secretary Husted Announces Start of OH-08 Congressional Democratic Primary, Calls on General Assembly to Change Law

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that absentee voting for military and overseas voters began Saturday.  The Special Democratic Primary Election, triggered by the withdraw of the democratic candidate, Corey Foister, will be held on September 13, 2016.

Ohio Revised Code 3513.312 requires that a special election be held if a congressional candidate withdraws from the race more than 90 days before the General Election. Should a candidate withdraw after the 90th day before the election, there is a short window of time allowed by state law whereby  the corresponding political party could have appointed a candidate so that no special election would have been required.

Mr. Foister withdrew his candidacy on the 107th day before the election.

The election date and filing deadline were made at the recommendation of the Butler County Board of Elections, the largest board of elections in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.

Secretary Husted will also call on the leaders of the General Assembly to make appropriate changes to Ohio law to prevent such an occurrence in the future.

“It is a waste of time and tax dollars to hold a special election when only one candidate is running,” Secretary Husted said. “I hope the legislature will change the law to avoid this problem in the future.”

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