Campaign charge filed against candidate, ex-county chair

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Court records say the charges deal with sample ballots distributed in Marion County

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MARION, Ohio (AP) – The former head of the Republican Party in an Ohio county along with a Republican candidate running for local office have been charged with distributing illegal campaign materials.

Court records say the charges deal with sample ballots distributed in Marion County.

Marion City Law Director Mark Russell, a Democrat, filed the charges Tuesday.

The Marion Star reports the current county GOP chair called the timing of the charges on Election Day “despicable.”

The newspaper says the sample ballot highlighted the names of four Republican candidates and said the ballot was produced by the Marion County Board of Elections website.

At the bottom, it says, paid by the Marion County Republican Party.

Ohio law prohibits the distribution of information that purports to be a communication from a board of elections.

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