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Ohio Supreme Court puts conspiracy theory podcaster back on ballot

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Sep 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-20 18:38:17-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A QAnon conspiracy theorist and election-denier who had been barred by Republican Sec. of State Frank LaRose from being on the Nov. midterm ballot has been reinstated by the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday.

The court overruled LaRose and ordered Terpsehore “Tore” Maras on the ballot as an independent. LaRose acted in "clear disregard" of law by not counting valid signatures, according to the court.

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At the end of August, Maras did not have enough valid signatures to get her name on the 2022 ballot, according to Kimberly Burns, the assistant Secretary of State who upheld an-ex Ohio Supreme Court justice's opinion.

Burns sent a letter Tuesday from Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office that the "petition contains 4,993 valid signatures," while the minimum is 5,000.

LaRose's team made it clear that he was not involved in the denial of Maras from the ballot, saying that it is a formal and legal process to transfer over making that decision to Burns.

On Friday, Justice Terrence O'Donnell, who was chosen by the LaRose team to handle the case, decided to reject 18 of her 5,010 signatures. The Secretary of State's office gave her one back.

This rejection came after Justin Bis, executive director of the Ohio Republican Party, filed a complaint against Maras. Bis asserted she had 65 invalid signatures.

The podcaster had previously tried to run against LaRose in the primary as a Republican. She did not collect enough signatures for the ballot at that time.

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