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AP: Traficant Certified for Ohio Ballot

An Ohio elections board’s ruling Wednesday puts former Rep. Jim Traficant (D) on the ballot in Ohio’s 17th district this November, the Associated Press reported.

The Trumbull County Board of Elections ruled that Traficant, who served seven years in prison, qualified to run for the House as an Independent with 2,154 valid petition signatures, 11 more than required. The Mahoning County Board of Elections approved Traficant for the ballot Monday.

Traficant won more time this month to prove he collected enough signatures after hundreds were disqualified in July.

The 17th district, which Rep. Tim Ryan (D) currently holds, includes much of the Mahoning Valley constituency that Traficant represented from 1985 until his expulsion from the House in 2002 on corruption charges. That was three months after a federal court convicted him of 10 counts of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion. He was released from prison in September 2009.

Traficant will face Ryan and Republican Jim Graham in the Nov. 2 election.

John McArdle contributed to this report.

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