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The 2014 filing deadline for partisan candidates is February 5, 2014. For write-in candidates participating in the primary, the deadline is February 24, 2014. For independent candidates, the deadline is May 5, 2014. For write-in candidates running in the general election, the deadline is August 25, 2014.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/publications/election/2014ElectionCalendar.pdf ''Ohio Secretary of State'' "2014 Election Calendar," Accessed December 27, 2013]</ref>
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This page details Ohio signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Major party candidates are required to collect 1,000 signatures. Minor party candidates are required to collect 500 signatures, and independent candidates are required to collect 5000 signatures. Additionally, there is a $150 filing fee.[1]

U.S. House

Major party candidates are required to collect 50 signatures. Minor party candidates are required to collect 25 signatures, and independent candidates must collect signatures based on the number of votes cast in the congressional district in the last general election for Governor. Additionally, there is a $85 filing fee.[1]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 U.S. Congress elections

The 2014 filing deadline for partisan candidates was February 5, 2014. For write-in candidates participating in the primary, the deadline was February 24, 2014. For independent candidates, the deadline is May 5, 2014. For write-in candidates running in the general election, the deadline is August 25, 2014.[2]

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

U.S. Senate candidates had to file by 4 p.m. on the 90th day before the primary election for party candidates, or by 4 p.m. one day before the primary election for independent candidates. U.S. House candidates had to file by 4 p.m. on the 67th day before the primary election for party candidates (H.B. 369, Sec 3), or by 4 p.m. one day before the primary election for independent candidates.[1]

State offices

State legislature

Major party candidates are required to collect 50 signatures, minor party candidates: 25 signatures, and independent candidates: Based on the number of votes cast in the congressional district in the last general election for governor. Additionally, there is a $85 filing fee.[1]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state government elections

The 2014 filing deadline for partisan candidates is February 5, 2014. For write-in candidates participating in the primary, the deadline is February 24, 2014. For independent candidates, the deadline is May 5, 2014. For write-in candidates running in the general election, the deadline is August 25, 2014.[3]

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

State legislative candidates had to file by 4 p.m. on December 7, 2011 (90 days before the primary election) for party candidates; or by 4 p.m. on March 5, 2012 (one day before the primary election) for independent candidates.[1]

Ballot measures

Signatures required

For constitutional amendments, petitioners must submit signatures equal to 10% of the votes cast for governor in the most recent election.

For statutes, signatures equaling 3% of these votes must be submitted in order to place the proposal before the Ohio State Legislature. If the legislature fails to enact the proposed legislation, additional signatures equaling 3% of the last gubernatorial vote must be collected in order to place the measure the ballot. Put simply, if initiative sponsors believe that the legislature will not enact their proposed law, they should plan to collect signatures equaling 6% of the last gubernatorial vote.

Veto referendums also require 6%. In addition, every type of measure requires 1000 preliminary signatures with the initial filing.

Year Initial signatures Initiated amendment Initiated statute Round 1 Initiated statute Round 2 Veto referendum
2014 1,000 385,247 115,574 115,574 231,149
2012 1,000 385,247 115,574 115,574 231,149
2010 1,000 402,275 120,683 120,683 241,365
2008 1,000 402,275 120,683 120,683 241,365

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Ohio Constitution, Article 2, Sections 1a -1c

Basis for calculation

  • In 2006, 4,022,754 votes were cast for the Office of Governor.[5]

Distribution requirement

See also: Distribution requirement
  • For a constitutional amendment, signatures must be gathered from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. From each of these 44 counties, signatures must equal 5% of the vote cast for governor in that county in the last election.
  • The signatures for an initiated statute must come from at least 44 of 88 counties as well. Signatures equaling 1.5% of the vote cast for governor in each of 44 counties must be collected. If the legislature does not enact the proposed law, then signatures equaling 1.5% of the vote cast for governor in each of 44 counties must be collected in the supplemental signature-gathering phase.
  • Signatures for a veto referendum must also be from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and signatures equal to 3% of the votes cast for governor must be from each of those 44 counties.

Recall

See also: Laws governing recall in Ohio

ORC §705.92, which allows the recall of elected officials of cities, counties, townships, villages and other municipal corporations in the state, calls for signatures equalling "15% of the total votes cast at the most recent regular municipal election" to force a recall election.[6]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014

The filing deadline for constitutional amendments and statutes proposed by initiative petitions is July 2, 2014.[7]

2012

  • For a statute, the first round of signatures had to be filed at least ten days before the 2012 session of the Ohio General Assembly begins on the first Monday in January (January 2, 2012). This made the first filing deadline December 23, 2011. If the legislature does not act on the proposal as submitted, a second round of signatures were required to be filed 125 days before the general election or July 4, 2012. For a constitutional amendment, the deadline was July 4, 2012 (125 days before the general election).

2011

  • For a statute, the first round of signatures had to be filed at least ten days before the 2011 session of the Ohio General Assembly begins (This was the first Monday in January, or January 3, 2011). The recommended deadline was December 24, 2010[8]. If the legislature does not act on the proposal as submitted, a second round of signatures must be filed 125 days before the general election or July 6, 2011. For a constitutional amendment, the deadline is also July 6, 2011 (125 days before the general election).

2010

The signature filing deadlines for the November 2010 ballot were:

  • June 30, 2010 for a constitutional amendment.
  • For a statute, signatures had to be filed ten days before the 2010 session of the Ohio State Legislature began, which was on the first Monday in January 2010, or January 4. The recommended filing deadline was December 23, 2009.
  • For a veto referendum, signatures had to be filed within ninety (90) days after the law or section of law to be referred had been filed with the Secretary of State by the Governor and any petition that was filed within that window of opportunity, but 125 days before the next election, would go on the next general election ballot that occurred over a year later.

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