2022 Primary Election Update

On Tuesday, May, 3, 2022, Ohioans cast their ballots in the state’s Primary Election. May’s Primary Election did not include candidates for state legislative districts, due to the ongoing litigation regarding the new maps for state legislators created through the redistricting process. Candidates for state legislative districts will have a separate primary, likely held with the already scheduled special election on August 2, 2022.

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General News

Tidying up: Spring cleaning for your PAC

With a busy state and federal election cycle coming up this year, spring is an ideal time to give your Political Action Committee (PAC) a thorough cleaning. These checklist items should be part of your regular PAC maintenance. If you haven’t asked yourself these questions in a while, now is an ideal time. 

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Ohio’s campaign finance laws permit use of peer-to-peer payment systems

If you are thinking about using Venmo to accept campaign donations, you now have guidance from the Ohio Elections Commission to permissibly do so. 

The Ohio Elections Commission advised that the use of peer-to-peer payment systems such as Venmo are permissible under Ohio’s campaign finance laws. However, to comply with Ohio Revised Code §3517.10(D)(3), the peer-to-peer account needs to be specifically set up for the campaign committee and separate from the personal account of the possible beneficiary of the campaign fund.

Campaign Finance, Election Law, General News

Ohio Ethics Commission calls for enhanced penalties for ethics violations

In its January 26, 2022, press release, the Ohio Ethics Commission is urging the Ohio General Assembly to enact enhanced penalties for persons or entities convicted of giving unlawful gifts or payments to any public official or employee in Ohio state or local government. 

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Ohio Elections Commission determines foreign national cannot contribute to a ballot issue PAC

The Ohio Elections Commission recently issued an advisory opinion addressing whether a foreign national can contribute to a ballot issue political action committee (PAC) in Ohio.

The Ohio Elections Commission determined that R.C. 3517.13 (W) prohibits a foreign national from contributing to a ballot issue PAC in Ohio. This question was raised due to a recent decision from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), in which it dismissed the pending matter because it did not have enough linkage between an election involving a candidate that sufficiently invoked the FEC jurisdiction. However, Ohio law differs, and therefore the Ohio Elections Commission jurisdiction differs from the FEC’s jurisdiction.

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Governor DeWine signs House Bill 51 into law, allowing for virtual public meetings until July 1, 2022

On February 17, 2022, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 51 into law. House Bill 51 includes an uncodified provision authorizing public meetings to be held by teleconference, video conference or other similar electronic technology through June 30, 2022 (Section 3). This provision was included in the bill’s emergency clause, and therefore it was effective immediately.

Legislation authorizing virtual meetings was first enacted in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was extended by House Bill 404 through July 1, 2021.

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Ohio Redistricting Commission adopts revised House and Senate maps

After failing to meet the Ohio Supreme Court’s ordered deadline for submitting House and Senate district maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission passed its third version of district boundaries by a 4-3 vote on February 24, 2022. Auditor of State Keith Faber (R) joined the commission’s two Democratic members opposing the maps.

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Ohio Supreme Court invalidates revised state House and Senate maps

On February 7, 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the state House and Senate district boundaries that were recently adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The majority, in a per curiam decision, ruled that the commission’s revised maps still favored Republican candidates instead of adhering to the proportionality favored by statewide voter preferences of 54 percent Republican and 46 percent Democratic. Analysis showed the revised maps created 57-42 and 20-13 Republican majorities in the House and Senate respectively.

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Ohio Redistricting Commission adopts new four year House and Senate maps

While most were watching the Bengals defeat the Titans in the NFL playoffs on January 22, 2022, the Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted new state House and Senate district boundaries. The commission faced a midnight deadline to comply with the Ohio Supreme Court’s order. The party line vote, 5-2, establishes the districts for four years. A bipartisan vote creates 10 year districts.

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Ohio Supreme Court invalidates state’s newly redrawn congressional districts

On January 14, 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the state’s newly redrawn congressional districts. In a 4-3 vote, mirroring the earlier decision invalidating the State House and Senate Districts, Justice Michael Donnelly (D-Cleveland), writing for the majority, ruled that the maps violated the Ohio Constitution’s prohibitions on the partisan gerrymandering. Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor joined in the majority opinion and again wrote a separate concurring opinion.

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