- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio’s top election official has voted to allow a Republican township trustee to use a name on the ballot similar to his better-known brother in a bid to become a Hamilton County commissioner.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1UhYwvi ) Secretary of State Jon Husted broke a tie last month at the county elections board that lets Colerain Township Trustee Dennis Deters (DEE’-turs) use his middle name of Joseph on the ballot later this year. Democrats complain that Deters is trying to capitalize on the name of his brother, county Prosecutor Joseph Deters, a Republican who is running for re-election.

Husted, a Republican, said that if professional athletes can legally change their last name to their jersey number, then candidates can use their given name on the ballot.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com


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