canada africa partner reservation Officials in Alabama are clearing the way for Biden to appear on the state’s fall ballot

Officials in Alabama are clearing the way for Biden to appear on the state’s fall ballot


Alabama officials have passed legislation that would allow President Joe Biden to appear on the state ballot in November, less than a month after the Republican secretary of state warned that Democrats could miss a state deadline to formally name him as their nominee .

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill Thursday that moves Alabama’s certification deadline from 82 days before the election to 74 days. This will give Democrats time to submit Biden’s name after he formally becomes the nominee at their national convention this summer.

The state House approved the measure earlier Thursday, while the Senate did so early last week. Republicans have overwhelming majorities in both chambers.

The latest developments in Alabama have put to rest a politically charged drama that might otherwise have spiraled into a legal battle between Democrats and state officials.

“Election after election, states across the country have acted in accordance with bipartisan consensus and taken the necessary steps to ensure that presidential candidates from both parties will participate in the vote,” Biden campaign spokesman Charles Lutvak said in a statement.

Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen warned state Democrats and the Democratic National Committee last month that the timing of their national convention could conflict with the state’s Aug. 15 certification deadline. The Democratic convention will take place from August 19 to 22, while the Republicans will. hold their conference in July.

Allen’s warning came days after election officials in Ohio indicated the Democratic convention would take place after the Buckeye State’s Aug. 7 deadline to certify presidential candidates.

In recent years, lawmakers and state election officials have quietly resolved issues with the certification deadline by passing legislation to move the deadline or accepting preliminary certifications from political parties.

Four years ago, when the Republican convention took place a week after Alabama’s deadline, Allen’s predecessor, also a Republican, accepted a preliminary declaration from the national Republican Party in anticipation of President Donald Trump being named the nominee. Democrats also filed preliminary certification.

However, Allen has insisted that state law does not allow provisional certification.

In Ohio, where parties are required to submit the names of their nominees 90 days before the general election, the path forward is less clear. State officials have said they will not accept provisional certification.

Historically, lawmakers have solved this problem by passing legislation to move the deadline. Such a legislative solution would need to be adopted by May 9, legal counsel to Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose told Democrats last month.

Ohio Republican Senate President Matt Huffman expressed confidence last month that Biden would get on the ballot, whether through legislation or the involvement of federal courts.

He pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in March to let Trump remain in the Colorado primary despite a ruling by the state Supreme Court that he had violated the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

“The federal court will not allow the state of Ohio to say that Joe Biden should not be on the ballot,” Huffman said during an episode of his podcast. “That’s just not going to happen.”

This story and headline have been updated.

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