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Ohio AG says Democrats could miss deadline to get President Biden on ballot

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told "Fox & Friends First" that the Democratic National Convention's timing could hinder Biden's spot on the state's November ballots.

President Biden's name could be missing from ballots in one of the nation's key bellwether states this November if Democrats don't play their cards just right.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told Fox News on Thursday the issue stems from the Democratic National Convention's timing, which takes place after the Buckeye State is required to certify its ballot.

"There's a law that's been in place that applies to all candidates, regardless of the power, the office they're running for or the party they're running for," he said on "Fox & Friends First."

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"The ballot deadline is 90 days before the election. That's to allow adequate time for the preparation and proofreading of the ballot and to get the machines loaded. That takes time. You don't do it overnight. It's the same rule for everybody. The Democrats scheduled their convention to nominate Joe Biden after that deadline, and that creates a problem."

Commonly considered a bellwether state until the 2020 election cycle, when former President Donald Trump soundly defeated President Biden in the state by eight percentage points, Ohio could further displace the Democrats with the potential challenge in question.

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Yost says the party has plenty of time to get the issue resolved, however.

"Right now, it doesn't look like they're compliant, but, if there's anything that party has, it's a surplus of lawyers," he told co-host Carley Shimkus. 

"They've got several months to figure this out. I fully expect them to figure out a way to get their candidate on the ballot. After all, he's one of the two major candidates. He's an incumbent president. But, on my watch, they're going to do it by the law."

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Though Ohio has been put in the spotlight in most recent election cycles, this time around, eyes linger more heavily on states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia, among others that may determine the victor.

President Biden narrowly defeated former President Trump in a majority of swing states in 2020, but polls now indicate positive news for Trump.

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