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Debate continues on OH minor political party rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative debate about proposed requirements for minor political parties continues after changes made by the Ohio House caused confusion.

The House eased the requirements Wednesday before passing the measure.

Under the changes, minor parties must gather 10,000 registered voters' signatures to form their parties in 2014. Thereafter, they'd need a half-percent of the total votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. That's roughly 28,000 signatures using last year's numbers. To remain qualified, parties must get 2 percent of total votes cast in the following gubernatorial or presidential election.

Senators rejected the adjustments, saying they seemed to inadvertently cut a requirement that a certain number of signatures come from eight congressional districts, though representatives had thought it was included.

A House spokesman says it was a bill-writing error.

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