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Sykes Pushes for Clean Biden Ballot Fix

May 29, 2024
Vernon Sykes News

Yesterday, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) disagreed with Ohio Senate Republicans again for including unrelated and controversial language in a bill to fix the Biden ballot situation.
“Today was yet another attempt to subvert the interests of the people at the ballot box,” said Sykes. “At the end of the day, President Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio. But right now, it is on the majority party to decide whether they will take the leadership necessary to collaborate with Democrats to pass a clean bill fixing this issue permanently.”
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.