Though Ohioans have been casting ballots early for years, the weekend before election day has been a disputed time. And though this is an off year election, that’s no different this year.
Many counties won’t be allowing in-person voting the weekend before the election. Democrats including party chair Rep. Chris Redfern say a ruling in a lawsuit from last year requires in person voting this weekend.
“It’s time for Secretary Husted to tell the counties that are not following state and federal law,” says Redfern.
Early voting numbers in Clark County for the November 5 general election have been low so far. With no hot button issues like casino approvals or collective bargaining limits, this year's election isn't likely to drive many people to the polls.
Clark County's ballot does include school levies, tax issues and municipal races, but Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac says voters shouldn't overlook local races and levies.
Early voting begins today for the May 7th special election that includes run-off votes for Dayton mayor and city commission, and levy proposals for area schools, police, fire and other services for more than 20 communities in the region.
Llyn McCoy, Deputy Director of the Greene County Board of Elections, says residents can still register to vote in the election if they have not done so.
It's now clear that early in person voting in the weekend just before Election Day is going to take place in Ohio after all. That’s because the nation’s highest court is not going to take up the appeal requested by the state to overturn a federal ruling that allows the 11th hour in person voting.
The Obama campaign has won its lawsuit to keep in place a federal court decision that allows in person voting hours on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before Election Day. Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern is pleased with the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.