COLUMBUS, Ohio - All voters who switch parties for the May 4 primary must sign a form supporting their new party's principles under a controversial directive Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued on Friday. Boards of Elections around the state had varied in their approach to so-called "crossover" voters. Cuyahoga County, for example, required only voters switching parties at the polls to fill out allegiance forms during the 2008 primary. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, didn't force any voters to sign the forms in 2008 . . . Brunner's directive does not affect voters requesting the ballot of a minor party, such as the Libertarian Party or the Green Party, for the first time.
Mar 30, 2010
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