Secretary Of State Sets New Early Voting Hours

Jun 18, 2014

Secretary of State Jon Husted has established new early-voting hours for Ohio’s 88 counties for all upcoming elections following a recent federal court ruling. Early in-person voting will span four weeks before elections, including two Saturdays and one Sunday. Husted had called for consistency in voting hours across counties, but caused controversy when he tried to end early Sunday and evening voting. Democrats and Republicans in the state have been battling over the issue in the legislature and the courts for years.

A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio must keep polls open the three days directly before elections, and now Husted has indicated he wants to comply with the ruling and put the issue to bed.

Voters can cast absentee ballots early by mail or in person without giving any reason.

Here are the new hours for all counties as reported by the Secretary of State’s office:

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

—Weeks one and two of voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

—Week three: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

—Week four: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

—Week of Election Day: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

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PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND GUBERNATORIAL GENERAL ELECTIONS

—Weeks one and two of voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

—Week three: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

—Week four: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

—Week of Election Day: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

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REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS

—Weeks one, two and three of voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

—Week four of voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

—Week of Election Day: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.