3513.301 Special election of party candidate for Congress.

(A) Notwithstanding section 3513.30 of the Revised Code, if only one person has filed a valid declaration of candidacy for nomination as the candidate of a political party for the office of representative to congress and that person withdraws as a candidate or dies at any time before the primary election, a special election shall be held under division (B) of this section to nominate the following:

(1) That party's candidate for congress;

(2) The candidate for congress of any other major political party under either of the following circumstances:

(a) No person has filed a valid declaration of candidacy for nomination as that party's candidate at the primary election.

(b) Only one person has filed a valid declaration of candidacy for nomination as that party's candidate at the primary election, that person has withdrawn or died, and the vacancy so created has not been filled.

(B) The boards of elections of all the counties contained in whole or in part within the congressional district for which a special election is being held under this section shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, conduct the special election and give notice of the time and places of holding the election as provided in section 3501.03 of the Revised Code. The election shall be held and conducted and returns of it made as in the case of a primary election.

(C) The state shall pay all costs of any special election held under this section.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995