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November ballot won’t include Traficant as write-in candidate

Published: Tue, August 24, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.


Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.




Jim Traficant will not appear on the ballot in November as a write-in candidate for U.S. Congress.

But members of the committee supporting Traficant said Monday their next stop may the Ohio Supreme Court if local and state elections officials don’t certify Traficant as an independent candidate.

Werner Lange of Newton Falls, a mem- ber of the Traficant committee, said Monday the commit- tee didn’t file to have Traficant appear as a write-in because Ohio law does not allow it.

Monday was the deadline to file as a write-in candidate.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office, however, said Monday that Traficant could have filed as a write-in because Ohio Revised Code statutes that appear to ban him from filing as a write-in and as an independent at the same time don’t apply to federal positions.

As an example, U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville was a successful write-in candidate for the 6th congressional district in the November 2006 election after failing to turn in enough valid nominating petitions, said Luisa Barone, spokesperson for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Even though the Traficant committee did not file as a write-in, Lange and committee member Linda Kovachik did appear at the Trumbull Board of Elections office Monday just before the filing deadline.

They asked elections-board employees whether Brunner’s office had issued a decision on whether to break the tie vote taken two weeks ago regarding Traficant’s petitions to be an independent candidate.

Workers told them no response has been received from Brunner.

Barone said Monday the secretary of state’s office eventually will make a decision on the matter by breaking the tie vote or sending the question back to the Trumbull elections board, but she said it’s not known when that decision will be made.

The Trumbull elections board split 2-2 on whether to certify its most recent count of valid petitions from Trumbull, Mahoning, Summit and Portage counties. That sent the question to the secretary of state for a tiebreaker.

Lange and Kovachik have argued that many of the Traficant signatures ruled invalid should have been allowed. The committee’s work caused each of the elections boards to revise their number of valid signatures. Traficant is 31 votes short of being eligible. He started out 107 votes short.

Traficant is a former congressman who spent seven years in prison for bribery, racketeering, filing false income taxes and obstruction of justice for crimes he committed while he was a congressman.


1lovethiscity(147 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Jimbo...go away! You are decidedly not wanted around here. But if you must, push ahead and be humiliated at the polls. Only the kooks and weirdos want you, and fortunately, they are but a small minority.

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2Joe306tow(49 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Oh, let the fool be a write in! If the Numbers work correctly only 10% of the voters will trouble themselves to write in Jim Traficant on their ballots. Lets face it we are lazy, and the last thing we want is to be slowed down at the polls.

Do you think any sane person want to mess around writing in a name when they have numerous issues and candidates to vote on?

Heck, Any No Name that is on the ballot will beat Jimbo.

So, let the man get his pounding @ the polls. lol

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3ytownredux(117 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Although it would be fun to see Jimbo get pounded at the polls in November, (especially since he can't even get the number of people needed to put him on the ballot,) I am hoping his name won't even appear anywhere on the ballot. With Oakhill and everything else we have to deal with in the Valley, we don't need that crackpot giving the country more to kick us around for.

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4PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully, the Traficant candidcacy will be approved and proceed. Apparently, Traficant is legally pursuing a political position. It is up to the voters not bureaucratic administrators to decide whether or not such candidacy is acceptable to the voters. Sometimes opposition to such a candidicy can be perceived as fear of the cadidate?????

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The Cafaro organization sees no compatability with Jimbo and their agenda . He would not be an asset to their organization in a position of power if elected .

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6RealAmericanPatriot(56 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

@Attis - Did you and the other kooks ever stop and think that this really isn't some grand scheme against Jimbo? That perhaps he's scheming you???

I have it on good authority that he doesn't want to be on the ballot because he knows he would lose. And a loss would put the final nail in the coffin of what little support he has left.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"I have it on good authority that he doesn't want to be on the ballot "

Pssssttttttt . . ..

I have it on good authority that the Cafaro organization does not want Jimbo to get elected to a position of power . This would not compliment their agenda .

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8PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Actually, Traficant, if he did not want to be on the ballot, could just step aside. However, being apparentl that he wants to be on the ballot, I think he be a very good representative of the 17th. He served more than enough time to account for any wrong doings.........He most likely would be a very good rep...........PHISHIE

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