To the Editor: BG man says all political parties should be on ballot
Written by Nathan Eberly   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:16
My letter today is to express deep disappointment in Senators in the Ohio Statehouse, including our Senator, Randy Gardner, for a recent vote which upon passage in the House and signing of Governor Kasich, will immediately cause all political parties except the Republican and Democrat parties from existence in the State of Ohio. The bill is SB 193.
This law will immediately cause all registered Libertarians, Greens, Constitutionalist, and Socialist party members from being able to declare their party affiliation. They will not have a primary election next year. Current official parties, like the Libertarian Party of Wood County, will have to either give all our money away or form a Political Action Committee. Our candidate will not be able to declare as a libertarian. Our current petitions will be null and void. Our current fundraising will have to end. Our money on deposit would have to be donated or sent elsewhere.
Effectively, Sen. Gardner, who appeared to have been concerned on the bill, voted to eliminate all political parties except his own and that of the Democrats. Along with 21 other Senators, 20 Republicans and 1 Democrat, the Senate has told Ohioans that they are not allowed to choose to be any Party except Republican or Democrat in May 2014 primaries.  Ohioans deserve more alternatives, and more methods for representation. Sen. Gardner and others seem to think they can create the rules to the game to assure their personal success. I hope the Ohio House fixes this bill to allow a fair and equitable method for parties to exist. Not make the game rigged only for the top two.
Nathan Eberly
Bowling Green

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