Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus.
No. 2:20-cv-02781—James L. Graham, District Judge.
Argued: July 27, 2020
Decided and Filed: August 3, 2020
Before: COLE, Chief Judge; SILER and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
COLE, Chief Judge. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Ohio issued a
series of orders restricting in-person gatherings. But it left unchanged its ballot-access laws,
which require candidates and minor political parties hoping to be listed on November’s ballot to
show that they have a modicum of community support by collecting petition signatures from
Ohio voters. The law requires that the signatures be collected in person, a task which has
become more difficult in the era of social distancing. This case presents us with the question
whether the State’s ballot-access requirements, as applied, have become unconstitutionally
burdensome in light of the orders restricting in-person gatherings. Binding precedent compels us
to conclude that they are not. We therefore affirm the district court.