Uncontest primaries

photo of Senator Frank LaRose
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new bill is headed to the Ohio House to try to eliminate some of what its sponsor calls unnecessary primary elections.

The bill requires a special primary election only if two or more candidates are certified to appear on the ballot. It does not base primaries simply on how many people file to run – which is how it’s done now.

Republican State Sen. Frank LaRose says the reason for his bill is that candidates sometimes become ineligible – or even die – before the election is held, and the resulting uncontested special elections waste thousands of dollars.