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Ohio Elections in 2011 – Green Party Strategies

Ohio’s 2011 election calendar is found here in PDF form, and a list of ballot issues up for passage this year may be found at Ballotpedia. Among the issues to be decided are one to delay or repeal a slot machine law that was signed into law last year by then-governor Ted Strickland, an amendment to exempt Ohioans from mandated health insurance (though what form this exemption would take is as yet unclear), a police state measure similar to Arizona’s racist immigrant-I.D.-check, an amendment that would create a bipartisan judicial appointment board, and an amendment to limit the powers of federal and state regulatory agencies.

So far I have found no information on what local candidate elections might take place this year, but that information may be buried in the PDF file, which I have yet to read in full. Even if there are no local candidate elections in Ohio in 2011, however, Greens, Socialists, and Ohio State Laborers should already be gathering signatures — or preparing to gather signatures — for the 2012 elections, the filing deadlines for which aren’t that far away. This means left-wing third parties will have to run in every election next year, from dog catcher to U.S. House and U.S. Senate. It means, especially, identifying and picking candidates to run for public office, especially judicial offices.

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Michael Kwiatkowski

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