'You Mean Their LEGAL Names?': Ohio Candidates Face Ballot Trouble for Omitting 'Deadnames'


Transgender candidates for various political offices in Ohio are in a spot of trouble. Several of them are facing challenges, if not outright disqualification, for failing to list their ‘deadnames’ on their paperwork.

NBC News laments this development:

Several transgender candidates for state office in Ohio are facing challenges and even outright disqualification for omitting their former names from petition paperwork under a little-known state elections law, confronting a unique dilemma as they vie for office in increasing numbers in the face of anti-LBGTQ legislation.

Three of the four transgender candidates hoping to win Democratic seats in the Republican-dominated Ohio House and Senate have either been challenged or disqualified for not putting their former name — also called a deadname — on circulating petitions to get on the ballot. But state law mandates that candidates list any name changes in the last five years, though it isn’t in the Secretary of State’s 33-page candidate requirement guide.

State law mandates listing any name changes in the last five years.

Here’s some carification:


We’d be curious to see it, too, and this explains a lot. But the law is the law.

And a follow up:

That’s the rules.

And we thought no one was above the law.

This is a common response.


Their point is this is somehow unfair.

Because reasons.

Yes, they did. Any other candidate would be disqualified.

It’s only fair.

There you go. State. Law.

We bet she listed her legal name on the campaign paperwork. Because that’s the issue here.

So are we.

If they changed their name legally, fine. But they have to list their given name if the change happened in the last five years.

Really, really stupid.

Peak clown world, indeed.

So do we.

If they won’t follow these rules, what will the do with the laws?

The point is the activism.

These particular candidates are (D)ifferent because they’re trans, and the laws shouldn’t apply to him.

And you should have to list the name changes in the past five years. Per state law.

Perhaps not, but it’s certainly helpful to know who a candidate was if they changed their name for any reason.

We do. With rules. Rules we all have to abide by.

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