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In less than a minute, Traficant is on the ballot

Published: Wed, September 1, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m.


Without comment or fanfare, the Trumbull County Board of Elections made it official Wednesday, approving Jim Traficant to appear on the ballot in November in the race against incumbent Democrat Tim Ryan of Niles for Traficant’s old 17th District seat in Congress.

The meeting took less than a minute, as the four elections board members voted yes to certify the results of the most recent accounting of petition signatures.

The results say Traficant now has 2,154 valid signatures, 11 more than the 2,143 required by law.

The only issue that was unresolved Wednesday was the wording that will appear under Traficant’s name.

Linda Kovachik, a Traficant committee member, said she would forward a signed letter from the candidate today or Thursday indicting that he wants to be listed as “non-party.”

Kelly Pallante, elections board director, said the word “Independent” has not appeared on the ballot since about 2002 under Ohio law.

In addition to non-party, Traficant could chose “other party” or have no words under his name, Pallante said.

Kovachik thanked Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for demanding that the Mahoning County Board of Elections reconsider whether its Traficant petitions were valid, which resulted in 31 signatures being validated on Friday.

Traficant, of Poland, did not attend Wednesday’s hearing.

In addition to Ryan, of Niles, the race features Jim Graham of Cortland, a Republican.


1theCaliforniaKid(56 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

They're toast. Traficant is a man of the PEOPLE

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2Pit_Bull_Marley_40(18 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I for one am glad he is on the ballot. I would love to hear from all the people that called his supporters crazy for suggesting they were stirring up controversy and were waisting their and the readers time. Seems they had the signatures after all and they were right.

I read all the bloggers complaining its a hoax and his supporters just cant accept he was short. Complaining that its JT and all his blind followers playing that "wacky" conspiracy theory again.

How in the hell does this happen. The count WAS wrong. Yet we will blow it off as if "it happens." Yeah sure, miss counting votes happens all the time, so what, just shut up and go away. Right?

Doesnt it seem just a little bit suprising, coincidental, alarming if nothing else? But it will be swept under the rug because he does have a questionable past, speaks out in a tone that irritates people.

Im not for nor against JT. All Im saying is if you are honest about it, truely honest about it, you cant tell me it isnt just a LITTLE bit questionable and (for a lack of better words) FISHY?

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3Pit_Bull_Marley_40(18 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago


You got that right. It will, at the very least, get more people interested and actually paying attention to the process. Perhaps enlighten the blind that follow the pack for the sack of following.

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4theCaliforniaKid(56 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I want to flag that comment it was offensive. (I was offended anyway)

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