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"No Campaigning Beyond This Point," a sign from the 2008 election in Ohio. On Tuesday, November 4th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues. The state offices up for grabs include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and seats on the state school board and the state Supreme Court.In the Miami Valley, three Republican U.S. Congressmen are facing challenges: John Boehner in the 8th, Mike Turner in the 10th and Steve Chabot in the 1st U.S. district.One state senate election is contested in the area—Republican Bill Beagle, of the 5th district, is defending his seat against Democratic Tipp City councilwoman Dee Gillis.Finally, there are nearly a dozen Ohio house races in the area (see the district map here and the list of candidates here) and we’re following the races for Montgomery County Commission and county auditor.The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a new tax levy for the Greene County Public Library, a Montgomery County human services levy, an income tax levy for Huber Heights, a parks levy in Beavercreek and an income tax increase in Piqua. Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.WYSO’s election night coverage will be a stream from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the U.S. Senate races. Our local and state coverage will include an interruption at 10 p.m. to check in with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s hour of results and analysis in the statewide races, including Governor John Kasich’s incumbency.We’ll be updating results online Nov. 4 and 5, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:Butler County: http://results.butlercountyelections.org/Champaign County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/champaign/elecres.htmClark County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clark/elecres.htmClinton County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clinton/ (click “Election Results” on left)Greene County: http://www.co.greene.oh.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=52Miami County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/miami/elecres.htmMontgomery County: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/election_results.htmlPreble County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/preble/elecres.htmWarren County: http://www.warrencountyboe.us/election_reports/search/votingresults/voting_results_publish.asp The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

Libertarians Say They’ll Go To Federal Court To Get Back On Ballot

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Friday that Libertarians Charlie Earl and Steven Linnabary won’t be on the May ballot in the races for governor and attorney general, respectively. The decision comes after hearings last week to protest the signatures that got them there. The ruling was a main topic of the Libertarians’ convention this weekend in Columbus, where Charlie Earl was one of the headline speakers.

“We filed in federal court on Friday night," said Earl.  "And we filed that this is a First Amendment abridgment of our rights to nominate our candidates. And what we’re talking about the primary. They invalidated us for the primary and we felt Libertarians ought to have a right to choose who their candidates are despite what has been described by some as an immaterial oversight.”

That “oversight” was the non-disclosure by two people hired to gather signatures that they were in fact being paid. Husted says his decision came from hearing officer Brad Smith’s conclusion that the signatures were invalid because paid circulators need to disclose who’s paying them. While Earl acknowledged that this costly mistake can’t happen again if Libertarians want to be contenders in elections, he says voters will suffer if Libertarians stay off the ballot.

“It was an oversight. It wasn’t an intentional deceit. It was an oversight. Somebody didn’t fill out the back of the petition form. I’ll deal with it. I’m an adult. I’ll go home and work on the farm. But I do believe the people of Ohio deserve a choice. And it’s not me. It’s the message, not the messenger that counts here.”

Libertarians claim their message is that they’re an alternative to both major political parties – but certainly Republicans and Democrats were watching this situation. But lawyers for those protesting the Libertarians’ place on the ballot had said circulators were paid by Democrats who wanted a conservative in the race against incumbent John Kasich. Libertarians admit they worked with Democrats, but say they also helped Democrat groups with their signature gathering efforts on a same-sex marriage amendment. Meanwhile, Libertarians claimed the protests were backed by Republicans who feared their candidates - Earl in particular. Republicans have said they weren’t involved in the protest filings.