ARTICLE XI
NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES
FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE

  1. Nominations for Federal and State-wide offices.  Unless otherwise mandated by Ohio law, the State Committee shall officially nominate candidates for Federal and State-wide elective offices under the Constitution Party banner.  These include nominations for candidates from Ohio to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.  State-wide elective offices include such offices as Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and Supreme Court Justices among other similar Ohio state elected offices. 
  2. Candidates for November general State elections who are nominated by the State Committee must be approved or confirmed by a vote of the State Convention in order to be entitled to be listed as the candidate for the Constitution Party on the Ballot Access Petition (otherwise known as Nomination Paper).  Candidates for State-wide and Federal elective offices may also be nominated from the floor at the State Convention.  Confirmation of Nomination shall be by majority vote of all duly qualified and registered delegates to the Convention.  As to any elective offices for which candidates have not been nominated at the State Convention, candidates may be nominated by the State Committee subsequent to the State Convention by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the State Committee.
  3. Nominations for county and local offices.  Candidates for county and local offices shall be nominated and sanctioned to run for office under the Constitution Party of Ohio banner by the officially organized and affiliated County Party in accordance with the By-Laws for the respective counties.  In the absence of an organized/recognized County Committee, the District Committee shall have the power to nominate candidates for county and local offices with the approval of the State Committee. In the absence of an organized/recognized District Committee, the State Executive Committee shall have the power to nominate candidates for county and local offices with the approval of the State Committee.
  4. Nominations for State Senators and Representatives.  Candidates for Ohio State Senators and Representatives shall be nominated and sanctioned to run for office under the Constitution Party of Ohio banner by the officially organized and affiliated County Party having the greatest number of registered voters in that elective district subject to the approval of the District Committee(s) for that County and in accordance with the By-Laws for the respective District and County. Any disputes as to which County Party has jurisdiction for any particular office will be submitted to the District Committee for resolution.  If the District Committee is unable to equitably resolve the issue, then the matter may be submitted to the State Committee for final disposition.  The State Committee shall have the final say in all such matters.  In the absence of an organized/recognized County Committee, the District Committee shall have the power to nominate candidates for Ohio State Senators and Representatives with the approval of the State Committee. In the absence of an organized District Committee, the State Executive Committee shall have the power to nominate candidates for Ohio State Senators and Representatives with the approval of the State Committee.
  5. Each candidate for any elective office at any level under the Constitution Party of Ohio will be expected to establish his own campaign organization/committee to include as a minimum a campaign committee manager and a campaign committee treasurer; he will ensure that the campaign committee treasurer sets up the ability to properly solicit, deposit, and expend campaign funds in accordance with State and Federal election laws, and that the treasurer properly tracks and reports all campaign finance issues as required by law.  It is expected that any person running for public office that is officially endorsed by the Constitution Party at any level will work diligently to establish a credible campaign and will conduct themselves in a professional and proper manner at all times that reflects positively on them and on the Party.  It is permissible for persons holding Party Offices/Positions to also participate in campaigns for elective office, including running for an office, and/or concurrently holding positions within an election campaign. While County, District, and State Party organizations and officials may help organize and provide advice to a campaign, be advised that the State and District Party organizations are not set-up in accordance with State and Federal Campaign Finance laws to provide funds to the campaign of anyone running for elective office at any level. Each County Party has the option of determining whether or not to establish campaign funding sources at the County level whereby the County organization can solicit, accept, and distribute funds to political campaigns of their choice in accordance with State and Federal campaign finance rules and regulations. 
  6. The State Committee, acting pursuant to a vote of three-fourths of its members present in person at any duly convened meeting of the State Committee or as otherwise permitted under these By-Laws, may withdraw for cause the nomination or endorsement given previously to any candidate, and may take all actions which it deems necessary to accomplish such withdrawal, including publicity and legal action.  No person running for elective office in Ohio shall be permitted to use the name Constitution on the Nomination Paper or otherwise in such a way that would imply affiliation with the Constitution Party of Ohio in any election materials unless he has been duly nominated according to one of the items, 1 - 6, above and his nomination has not subsequently been withdrawn by the State Committee.
  7. Challenges against any filing of nomination petitions or papers can be filed only by a Constitution Party member-in-good-standing for the inclusive period at least thirty (30) days prior to the filing of any such challenged nomination petitions or paper, through the duration of the challenge and until any order resolving such challenge becomes final, following the lapse of any appeal periods or resolutions of all appeals.