The rules surrounding Ohio’s Early voting has been front and center this week, after two Democratic Montgomery County Elections officials were suspended after they violated the directorate by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted that all Ohio’s 88 counties follow the same voting hours, with no mention of weekend hours.
Republicans say the extended hours creates problems for some Board of Elections in the state. Democrats say this will disenfranchise voters and could cause long lines at the polls.
There’s no word yet on what will happen to the two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections who faced a hearing at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office this morning. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has the latest in the fight to get in person, early voting on the weekends.
Democrats are not giving up on the fight to restore some of the weekend voting opportunities that have been wiped out by the Republican dominated Ohio legislature during the past year. As Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, the next battle will be this morning in Columbus.
Ohio Democrats and the Obama campaign have filed a lawsuit against the state to try and reinstate the three day early voting window before Election day. Jo Ingles with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau reported on the story and spoke with officials in the Democratic party, and Secretary of State Jon Husted. She breaks down the situation for Emily McCord in the week's edition of PoliticsOhio.
Democrats, along with President Obama’s re-election campaign, have filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio to try to reinstate the three days of early in person voting before Election day.
In 2008, 93 thousand Ohioans voted in Ohio in the three days before the election. Since then, Republican lawmakers have wiped out the 3 day window for most Ohioans. Only military members and their families can now take advantage of that opportunity. Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern says that’s not right.