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Eugene

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Mon Jan 22, 2024, 07:19 PM Jan 22

Ohio board stands by disqualification of transgender candidate, despite others being allowed to run

Source: Associated Press

Ohio board stands by disqualification of transgender candidate, despite others being allowed to run

BY SAMANTHA HENDRICKSON
Updated 3:57 PM EST, January 22, 2024

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A county board in Ohio has refused to reconsider the disqualification of a transgender state House candidate who omitted her former name from circulating petitions, even as other transgender candidates have been cleared for the ballot.

The Stark County Board of Elections said in a statement Friday that it stands by its decision to disqualify Vanessa Joy, a real estate photographer from Massillon, Ohio, because she did not put a name that no longer aligns with her gender identity — also referred to as a deadname — on the petitions used to gather signatures to get on the ballot. State law mandates that candidates disclose any name changes from the past five years on their petitions, with exemptions for changes resulting from marriage.

The law, meant to weed out bad actors, is unknown even to many elections officials, and it isn’t listed in the 33-page candidate requirement guide. Additionally, there is no space on the petitions to list former names.

Joy said she’s frustrated by the county board’s decision and that, for now, her campaign is over. However, she said she is working with an attorney to try to change the law to be more inclusive of transgender candidates who don’t want to disclose their previous names for personal safety reasons, among others.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/ohio-transgender-candidate-disqualified-elections-board-b1dd935b8f941bf5c2cae9aef98f96d1

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Ohio board stands by disqualification of transgender candidate, despite others being allowed to run (Original Post) Eugene Jan 22 OP
So the info is not included in the candidate filing requirements. LiberalFighter Jan 22 #1
, Wondering if Nikki Haley would use her birth certificate name on the ballot Walleye Jan 22 #2
They probably decided against her the moment they learned she was trans LostOne4Ever Jan 22 #3

LiberalFighter

(50,815 posts)
1. So the info is not included in the candidate filing requirements.
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 07:27 PM
Jan 22

And there is no space to provide it on the filing form. That is totally misleading.

LostOne4Ever

(9,286 posts)
3. They probably decided against her the moment they learned she was trans
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 07:42 PM
Jan 22

You can not convince me that this is about anything other than bigotry.

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