Missing signature adds void on ballot

Something as simple as a single signature is to keep Rex Damschroder’s name off the May ballot. He had been expected to run unopposed in seeking to retain the 88th House District seat. The district includes most of Seneca County.

Declarations for candidacy had to be filed by Feb. 5, and boards of election must certify their validity and sufficiency by Tuesday. The elections board in Sandusky County handled that duty this week.

The next date of interest for Damschroder may be Feb. 24 – the deadline for write-in candidates to file – although independent candidates have until May 5 to file petitions to get their name on the fall ballot.

It’s not certain whether Damschroder, a Republican, can file as a write-in candidate or as an independent on the November ballot. Name recognition would work in his favor – his father, Gene, served the area for five terms, while he is in his sixth term.

This much is certain: The mistake would have opened the door to a properly filed opponent. Two area Democrats – Ben Nutter and Bill Young – ran against Damschroder in the past two elections.

Thus, recruiting candidates is an important task.

Plus, teachers may use this opportunity to stress the importance of triple-checking your work.