COLUMBUS – Senate President Larry Obhof (R–Medina) announced the Senate passage of legislation that would eliminate unnecessary primary elections for uncontested party nominations.  The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 10 last week, which was sponsored by Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) and co-sponsored by Obhof.  
 
Under current law, boards of elections are required to hold primary elections when two or more people file to run for an office, even if only one candidate remains on the ballot after the death, withdrawal or disqualification of other candidates.  This has caused boards of elections to hold unnecessary primary elections throughout Ohio.  One notable example occurred in southwest Ohio following the resignation of Speaker John Boehner from Congress.  The September 2016 special Democratic primary for that position cost taxpayers an estimated $340,800 even though the race was uncontested. 
 
Senate Bill 10 would prevent unnecessary, single-candidate elections in the future – saving money, employee time and other resources.  The bill will change the law to trigger a primary election based on the number of candidates who are actually certified to appear on the ballot, not the number of candidates who initially file. 
 
“Senate Bill 10 will remove an unnecessary and expensive mandate from our local boards of elections,” said Obhof.  “This commonsense change will save hundreds of man hours and hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars.”
 
Senate Bill 10 now goes to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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