As I was following all the drama of the Ohio election suspension yesterday, there were several articles about the initial lawsuit supported by the government. Many of these articles have already been totally changed, replacing the original article with new content reflecting more recent developments (which is really disconcerting) , so I have just one example.
What was most meaningful to me was the idea that the most legal path for the Governor to change the election was to call an emergency session of the Ohio state legislature, which has the power in Ohio to declare elections.
I could find this one article that still seems to reference this idea --
Before making his decision, Judge Frye said he hesitated to change state law that was enacted by the General Assembly.
“As of tonight, the governor has not called an emergency session of the legislature, [so how can they say they have exhausted all options and the court must act] " Frye said.
- Is it correct that in Ohio the Governor has authority to compel an emergency session of the legislature?
- (or was the judge only referring to the idea that the governor should have tried asking the legislature to meet, though he doesn't have the authority to compel them?)