NOTE: The “current incumbent prosecutor” whose name is the only replacement on the misleading sample ballot discussed in this post is Don White — the same Don White BizzyBlog’s Rose wrote up this morning as deserving to be swept from office for two decades of self-evident self-dealing.
The following went up on March 1 at the Clermont County Republican Party’s web site (graphic below added by me):
From Party Chairman, Tim Rudd:
If this election had not been confusing enough already, enter one more group trying to confuse Republican voters. One of the major ways the Clermont County Republican Party communicates with voters is through our sample ballot.
In order to get on the sample ballot, a candidate must first go through the endorsement process.
- Basically, a candidate sends the chairman a letter, communicates with the 200 member central committee and appears at a meeting where a sixty-percent vote of the quorum present results in a party endorsement.
- At a meeting in mid-November 179 central committee members met through a long evening, heard the candidates, voted and endorsed the candidates who appear on the Clermont County Republican Party sample ballot.
- Only the candidates who were endorsed will appear on the party ballot. In some races such as the second district congressional seat, the party did not endorse (i.e. no candidate got sixty percent of the vote). In those particular races where the party did not endorse neither the candidate nor the race appears on our sample ballot.
- Candidates know that when they are endorsed by the party that it is customary for the party to issue a sample ballot consisting of the endorsed candidates.
- The party voting guide is easily recognized as it states at the top “Clermont County Republican Party Voting Guide” (click to view) followed by “Official Voting Guide March 6, 2012” and has the party disclaimer at the bottom – “Paid for by the Clermont County Republican Party, Tim Rudd, Chairman”.
Simple enough, right?