COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has issued a Directive establishing uniform hours for in-person absentee voting on the three days before Election Day.
Uniform days and hours for in-person absentee voting for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and non-UOCAVA voters are as follows:
-Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
-Monday, Nov. , from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Supreme Court has refused a Republican request to get involved in the early-voting dispute, meaning a ruling made by a Federal Appeals Court will stand. That court reinstated early voting on the three days before the election. Husted had originally removed those days from early voting stating that all counties needed to do the same thing.
President Obama's campaign, along with Ohio Democrats, sued over that ruling saying nearly 100,000 people voted on those days in 2008. Tuesday's ruling means they won their case.
This Directive expands the uniform days and hours for in-person absentee voting established by Directive 2012-35, which remains in effect. As such, boards are reminded that any voter in line when that day's hours for in-person absentee voting ends, may remain in line to apply for and receive an absentee ballot in person.
Ohio election officials had previously sought to restrict voting on these days to members of the military and their families. However, the federal court gave them a simple choice: Open these opportunities to all voters, or deny them to all voters, military and civilian alike.
The decision also left it up to local boards of elections to set hours, which ran the risk of creating different rules in different counties.
Anyone with questions regarding this Directive, can contact the Secretary of State's elections attorney assigned to each county by calling 614-466-2585.
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