Ohio ballot now available...and Ron Paul isn't on it as a write-in. Votes for Ron Paul will not be counted.Submitted by Kathleen Gee on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:57
Ohio's ballots are now available from the Secretary of State's office, and although there are several write-in candidates listed, Ron Paul is not one of them:
Candidates For President Presidential General Election 2012
(Full Term Commencing 01/20/2013)
Constitution: Virgil Goode and James N. Clymer
Democratic: Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Green: Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
Independent: Richard Duncan and Ricky Johnson
Libertarian: Gary Johnson and James P. Gray
Republican: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
Socialist: Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza
Write-in: Susan E. Daniels and Jerry A. Veneskey (WI)
Write-in: Nelson Keyton and Jay Jennelle (WI)
Write-in: Jill Reed and Tom Cary (WI)
Write-in: Platt Robertson and Scott Fall (WI)
Write-in: Randall A. Terry and Cathy Lewis (WI)
Write-in: Mike Vargo and Jeffrey Angeletti (WI)
Votes for Ron Paul will not be counted in Ohio.
If you are a Ron Paul supporter in Ohio, I urge you to vote for the Libertarian Party candidate, even if you don't fully support Gary Johnson, to help the LP maintain ballot access. If they don't get a minimum percentage of the vote, in the next election, all LP candidates will be listed as "Independent" instead of "Libertarian" on the ballot.
The concept of libertarianism is so important to the future of the country. Yes, the LP isn't perfect. Yes, Gary Johnson has flaws. There is no perfect party and no perfect candidate with whom I agree 100%. But as a fellow Buckeye, I'm respectfully asking you to vote strategically to keep the party of Liberty in front of the voters of Ohio for the next election cycle.
If you have issues with Gary Johnson, keep in mind that his chances of winning are, sadly, remote. So please consider it a vote for Liberty, if you must, rather than a vote for that candidate.
And keep in mind that in a swing state like Ohio, with a lot of electoral votes up for grabs, a 6% or 7% vote for a Libertarian candidate will decide the election. Both the Dems and the Reps will be forced to deal with the Liberty Vote once they realize they can't win without us.