MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections has been named in a lawsuit with nine other county boards of elections, along with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
The complaint filed in the Ohio Supreme Court is in reference to the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, which is a citizen-proposed initiative. It would require the price of prescription drugs in Ohio be the same prices as the prescription drugs provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office reviewed the part-petitions filed for the act and sent part-petitions back to approximately 18 counties after potential irregularities were found. Those irregularities included signatures that were struck out and/or the circulator statement in the part-petitions stated a higher number of signatures than the number that actually appeared on the part-petition.
State ex Relators Tracy L. Jones, William S. Booth, Daniel L. Darland, and Latonya D. Thurman are seeking an order from the Ohio Supreme Court that would make valid approximately 157 part-petitions and the approximately 1,307 valid signatures thereon. Those part-petitions were previously invalidated by the 10 county boards of elections mentioned in the complaint, including Miami County.
The other nine counties named include Adams, Athens, Darke, Hardin, Hocking, Madison, Putnam, Sandusky and Tuscarawas.
The Miami County Board of Elections met Friday morning and discussed the lawsuit in executive session with Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Chris Englert. The board approved utilizing CORSA for their legal representation in this matter. CORSA is a property and liability risk sharing pool in which 65 of Ohio’s 88 counties participate.
McTigue & Colombo LLC of Columbus are representing the relators in this case.
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