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Ohio gov signs limits for minor political parties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has signed a bill setting rules for minor political parties in the swing state.

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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The measure was poised to clear the Legislature last week, but senators rejected it after House-made changes inadvertently cut a piece of the bill.

A committee restored that piece Wednesday and made other changes.

Groups wanting to form parties next year would need petition signatures equal to a half-percent of the total votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election. Thereafter, they must gather 1 percent.

To remain qualified, organizations must get 2 percent of total votes cast in the governor's race next year, and 3 percent in 2015 for the following gubernatorial or presidential elections.

Several third parties say the rules are unfair and they will sue.

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