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Independent Voters Alliance (hamcoOHIVA)

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Ohio IVA Central Committee (CC)  Content Notice

Ohio law provides for central committee leadership of each political party that has achieved ballot access.

Coalition Minor Party Ballot ACCESS: The Ohio IVA does not have  ballot access as a political party as of today, but we will set up an acting central committee in anticipation of achieving continuous cooperative ballot access for all populist nonpartisans, and all candidates of minor political parties that do not have Ohio ballot access.


Participate: The identity of all OHIVA Central Committee members will be listed on this page. If you would like to be an acting member, please inquire. One female and one male member is required from each U.S. House Congressional district for Minor or Intermediate party status under Ohio law. Please lend your name to the cooperative effort.

For Congressional Districts with no acting central committee member shown in the list below, you can apply to fill the position. Submit the Ohio IVA pdf-Participation Form, same  link listed below, to apply. You are needed. Your minor party background is welcome. The OHIVA is a "cooperative" populist ballot access effort. Indicate "OHIVA Central Committee" on the "Other:" comment line on your form.

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All acting central committee members will have the chance to be publicly elected on the first primary election date after ballot access is achieved by petition. Gaining ballot access with 5% of the vote in a Gubernatorial or Presidential election is a legal way to maintain ballot access for a minor party under Ohio law, but 5% may not be a sure way to initiate minor party ballot access. (Top of Page)

Background: Successful petitions are the only clear way to initially gain ballot access for a new political party in Ohio based on existing law. Because independents cannot be on an Ohio ballot as a candidate of a specific political party, 5% of the vote for independent "other party" candidates will probably not easily gain minor party ballot access. The bipartisan two-party monopoly will likely use the lack of precedent under Ohio law to deny political party ballot access based upon any independent candidate polling 5% of the vote. Any attempt to gain ballot access by that unprecedented route will probably require approval won in the Ohio supreme court or in Federal Court. Attempts to gain ballot access have been consistently challenged in court by our bipartisan controlled government using Ohio law legislated by our monopoly bipartisan two-party Ohio State Legislature.

In Ohio, we live in a bipartisan political dictatorship. That is plain fact.

The Natural Law Party had minor party status in 2000 by submitting petitions. The Reform party had intermediate party status in 1997 and 1998 based upon Ross Perot receiving over 8% of the 1996 vote for President as a Reform Party candidate. (Petitions had already been submitted. Reform Party ballot access had already been won in court in early 1996 after denial of the Reform Party petition by the Ohio Secretary of State. The Reform Party ballot access petition gave ballot access to the party through 1996, a Presidential election year. Perot's vote extended ballot access through the next Gubernatorial election year.) The Libertarian Party had ballot access in 2000 by submitting petitions.

Ballot access by petition lasts no more than two years. Ballot access ends after the next Presidential or Gubernatorial election if the minor party candidate does not get 5% of the vote cast for one of those two specific public offices in each successive even year election. If the OHIVA doesn't get the necessary 5% of the vote, the OHIVA will submit a petition early in the next year to retain continuous cooperative ballot access for two more years in Ohio for every public office at every level.

Continuous ballot access can be achieved by well-organized cooperative petition efforts. We must confront the nature and scope of the problem.

Petition Efforts: The IVA ballot access petition will not be prepared until we have a full set of acting OHIVA Central Committee members in place to help lead the ballot access effort all over the state. When we begin the effort we will accumulate all signatures collected to submit in the next odd year after the signature goal is achieved. I hope we can submit the first OHIVA petition as early as possible. We are still in organizational mode. Join in. Send Email. What do you bring to the table? ohiva at Please advise.  (Your Voice)  


Continuous Cooperative Ballot Access: A petition will be prepared for the IVA to achieve ballot access when we have enough OHIVA participants. We need forty-four thousand valid petition signatures to succeed. We can most effectively turn in the highest number of valid signatures if we complete petitions within a one year or less period of time. The signatures of signers who have moved or changed their names become invalid. Many people move or change their names over a relatively short period of time. The official Ohio ballot access petition forms used are frequently revised. Many OHIVA participants are needed to be consistently successful. The numbers are not impossibly large:


Minimum Ohio Cooperative Party Ballot Access Numbers: Twenty signatures with over 50% valid from 4400 reliable petition circulators will give us the 44,000 valid signatures needed. With 4400 IVA certified petition circulators we will have enough participants to get the signatures in a reasonable time with a little effort from each participant. (Note: 4400 x 20 equals 88,000 total signatures to submit.)

To have a workable minimum base of 4400 petition circulators, each of the 88 Ohio counties can average 50 petition circulators in each county, or each of the 16 U.S. Congressional Districts can average 275 petition circulators in each district.

Continuous Cooperative Ballot Access: Twenty signatures every two years from 4,400+ OHIVA petition circulators (88,000+ signatures) from friends, neighbors, and family will certify OHIVA ballot access for all future elections. Every legislative candidate using OHIVA ballot access will need just 25 valid signatures, not 1000s, for ballot access. Statewide candidates will need just 1000, not 5000 valid signatures. With ballot access assured, nonpartisan candidates can successfully compete with the bipartisan monopoly.

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The counties in each Ohio Congressional district, will be determined by re-districting based upon the 2010 Census.  Countries are not shown correctly in the list below. The list will be updated when re-districting is enacted by the OH legislature. If you then see any errors please Email the correction to ohiva at Changes and updates will be verified and made to the list ASAP. Thanks.


The acting OHIVA Central Committee (OHIVACC) will be composed of 33 members, two from each of the sixteen Ohio U.S. Congressional Districts plus the OHIVA Chairperson. Each district will have one man and one woman as OHIVACC members. Links for each Congressional District will be added as OHIVACC participants step forward to help lead the OHIVA. Underlined Congressional Districts in bold text in the table below link to the same district in the list below the table. The District CC listings show the names, telephone numbers, and Emails of each CC member. If no link is shown for your OH District, you can become an acting member of the OHIVACC. Any qualified registered voter in the state of Ohio can become a CC member. Internet and computer knowledge is a necessary skill set to be an effective CC member. As a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, you can help transform the political future of Ohio. (Top of Page)

Ohio IVA Central Committee: District counties and members need updates.

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U.S. House District 1: Hamilton and Warren Counties
Man: Richard L. Stevenson, 1-513-251-3155, hamco at
Woman: Joanna Chappell, 1-513-NA, jochappell at

U.S. House District 2: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties

U.S. House District 3: Montgomery County

U.S. House District 4: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Hancock, Hardin, Knox, Logan, Marion, Morrow, Richland, and Wyandot

U.S. House District 5: Defiance, Erie, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, and Wood Counties

U.S. House District 6: Athens, Clinton, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Meigs, Ross, Scioto, Warren, Washington, and Vinton Counties

U.S. House District 7: Champaign, Clark, Fairfield, Fayette, Greene, Logan, Pickaway, Ross, and Union

U.S. House District 8: Auglaize, Butler, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Preble, and Shelby Counties

U.S. House District 9: Clark, Fulton, Lucas and Wood Counties

U.S. House District 10: Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties

U.S. House District 11: Cuyahoga and Lake Counties

U.S. House District 12: Delaware, Franklin and Licking Counties


U.S. House District 13: Cartage, Geauga, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull Counties
Elbert Crary, 1-440-212-2661, elcrary at

U.S. House District 14: Portage and Summit Counties

U.S. House District 15: Franklin and Madison Counties

U.S. House District 16: Ashland, Holmes, Knox, Stark and Wayne Counties


U.S. House District 17: Ohio lost its 17th district due to population loss as reflected in the 2010 Census. The 17th was composed of Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull Counties prior to the 2010 Census. New district boundaries not yet set.
Larry Carver, 1-330-584-3872, Mounty476 at
Catherine Carver, 1-330-584-3872, Mounty476 at

U.S. House District 18: Ohio lost its 18th district due to population loss as reflected in the 2010 Census. The 18th was composed of Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, and Tuscarawas Counties prior to the 2010 Census. New district boundaries not yet set.

U.S. House District 19: Ohio lost its 19th district due to population loss as reflected in the 2000 Census. The 19th was composed of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga and Lake Counties prior to the 2000 Census. The entire state was redistricted prior to the 2002 elections. (Table) (Top of Page)


Nonpartisan Leadership:

IVA Priority: IVA Web Pages for Every Voting Precinct You can put in as much time as you like to manage IVA web pages for your community, precinct, town, county, or congressional district. Get a free template on a Mini-CD or CD-R from any IVA Web Page Manager for material costs, under one dollar. The ZIP template includes all the easy instructions you will need to set up and manage your IVA web pages. Complete and submit the OHIVA pdf-Participation Form to join the leadership team in Ohio. Get your free no-cost file to Manage IVA web pages for Local IVA or Electoral Area where you live.
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Ballot access petitions will be available on IVA web pages and other web pages for use by populist nonpartisan citizens. Freedom is participation in power.

Be a proactive petition circulator and Election Day participant.

Be a proactive citizen in your voting precinct.

A Little Effort A Lot of Liberty

Welcome to the populist ballot access movement.

Interim_Acting_Chair, Interim Acting Chair, OHIVA, Email


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