Montgomery County Board of Elections places Esrati on May ballot, says no to Jo Love
After much deliberation, a three person BOE voted to place David Esrati on the May 2nd ballot, after he supplied enough notarized affidavit’s to bring into question the validity of the petition language and the un-chartered rules missing from the Dayton Charter.
Turns out, not only are ward and precinct unnecessary, for a valid signature, so is the date, which is surprising considering they require a notary to validate the petition circulator signature.
In my presentation I showed them a revised petition form that would eliminate much of the confusion about “duplicate signatures” which is caused by both the ridiculous threshold of 500 signatures (you only need 50 for US Congress) and the practice of counting all signatures by turn in date- even those over the 500 threshold required.
Since the Charter doesn’t talk about the process for rectifying duplicates, and the candidates have no way of ascertaining if voters have signed more than 2 petitions, and that the petition doesn’t use clear language to spell out how many petitions a voter can sign, they accepted the fact that I’d turned in over 500 legitimate voter signatures where voters wanted to have a choice.
The Board of Elections should run elections, not be in the selection of candidate business.
Candidate Jo Love did not submit any signed affidavits, but made a deep dive into the Ohio Revised code and found lots of conflicting law, which should override directives by the city or the Secretary of State, including one saying that there is no need to count signatures after the threshold has been reached.
Another says that the decision on who should be on the ballot should be settled by 60 days before the election- and we’re well past that.
The sad fact is that the 7 candidates turned in 6852 total signatures, and that the voter turnout may not be much more than twice that if we are lucky in the primary. This whole process should be run by Ranked Choice voting in November and skip the expense of a primary.
Love left the meeting saying she plans to go to court. The clock is already ticking, due to delays in production of documents in this knitpicking signature experiment.
The motion to put Esrati on the ballot was made by former Judge Erik Blaine and at first was opposed by Judge Gorman and Tom Routsong. BOE Chair, Rhine McLin was not in attendance and no mention was made of why, or excusing her. Routsong, after listening to Blaines questions, including why the City Petition wasn’t available online, switched over and Gorman voted with the majority, although later in closing comments said she believed they had opened a can of worms.
The most relevant question is why does this petition have such a ridiculous fail rate and such a high bar.
If elected to the Dayton City Commission one of the first things I’ll do is create a charter amendment to be voted on in the May primary of 2024 revising the requirement to a much lower number, and using the well designed state form for signatures. It will not have any restriction on the number of petitions a voter can sign. I will also move forward on ranked choice voting, eliminating the primary altogether.
At this point, voters could now select 4 of the 6 candidates on the ballot that could in fact turn the incumbents, Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw into lame ducks. The primary allows you to vote for 2 of 6. The other candidates are Valerie Duncan, Jordan Wortham, Marcus Bedinger, and David Esrati.
I urge you to think before you vote.
Once again you are painfully unaware. The ballot for the City of Dayton allows a voter to choose 2 candidates, not 4. Your purpose is to file a lawsuit and settle out of court for a paycheck. So sad you do not put as much effort into gathering signatures on your petitions, as you do crying about your failures, and playing martyr.
I understood from a previous Esrati report that a voter can sign up to 2 petitions. I really like the amendment David will be putting forth.
Cindy- voters get to choose 2 of the 6.
They could select the four challengers in the primary – and end Shaw and Joseph’s rein of corruption.
I can’t find a Cindy or Cynthia Wolfe registered as a voter in the City of Dayton when checking the voter look up. People outside city limits like to complain about Dayton politics and they like to tell Dayton Commissioners what to do. Ask me how I know. Esrati, he’s my ninja!
Wow, look out! leitzell is checking up on you! I’m a loser (Billy decided to attack other commentors. His comment has been edited by the editor.)
@Billy- you can insult me- but, not other commentors. Your comment has been aptly edited.
Look the city of dayton and montgomery county are disgusting sewers. Why would you even waste your time. Just leave like intelligent responsible white people are around the country to red states to be free. Just like people fled east germany. David you are a moron.
So you edit my comment to insult me, the commenter. What a tool. It will be fun to watch you squashed – again – at the next election. Have you ever won any election?