Presidential candidate Andrew Yang will not appear on the Democratic primary ballot in Ohio after making a filing error, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said. Yang will now be forced to launch a write-in campaign in the state.
Yang failed to comply with the Ohio state code that requires a candidate to express his or her intention to run on petition forms. This is required so that a person does not sign a petition under false pretenses.
“As Secretary of State, I’m duty-bound to follow the law, and the law is clear – when Ohioans sign a petition they deserve to know what they are signing,” LaRose said in a statement. “This is why petition forms must be submitted complete with a statement from the candidate stating their intention to run. By their own admission, the Yang campaign failed to do that. I sincerely sympathize with those who hoped to support his candidacy in the Ohio presidential primary – it’s truly unfortunate that the Yang campaign has let them down.”
LaRose said that virtually all candidates on the federal and state level have successfully complied with these requirements for decades.
Ohio law requires that three components be met for a part-petition to be valid. These include who the petition is for, the signatures themselves and a circulator statement from the person who gathered the signatures.
Yang would have had about three times the number of signatures required to qualify to be on the ballot.