Judges: Ohio sheriff can't run for committee post

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A central Ohio sheriff has lost his bid to get on the primary ballot as a candidate for a county Democratic Party post.

A panel of 10th District Court of Appeals judges -- by a 2-1 vote -- upheld a Franklin County Board of Elections ruling that Sheriff Zach Scott didn't have the five valid signatures he needed on his candidate petition to run for a state central committee post. The election is May 6.

The elections-board staff said the signature of one woman was written in cursive and did not match her printed signature on file with the board. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1mHpyia ) reports that the woman testified that she had signed the petition, but the board rejected it.

Scott called it "an unfortunate day for citizen participation."

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com