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Ohio election officials back uniform voting hours

Published: Thu, August 16, 2012 @ 1:25 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bipartisan association of Ohio election officials is praising the state’s top elections chief for setting uniform early voting hours in the presidential battleground.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has ordered election boards in Ohio’s 88 counties to have the same hours on weekdays and remain closed on weekends.

Before the order, local officials could set their own hours. Weekend hours for voting varied.

Husted’s decision extends voting hours in some counties. But others that had intended to be open later and on Saturdays must now be closed.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials said in a statement today that Husted made a fair call.

The group said his order accommodates the most voters possible while respecting the cost that counties incur to have extended voting hours.


1DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Why are Republicans so desperate to restrict voting opportunities? If a local board of election wanted to be open weekends or nights to accomodate early voters with varied work schedules, where is the harm?

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2GeorgeSands(16 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Reipublicans say that the photo id is an essential step in stopping voter fraud. Sounds good but we don't have a voter fraud problem. Therefore the Republicans are using voter id's to restrict minorities, seniors, and college kids from voting. It has nothing to do with fraud and everything to do with restricting who can and who cannot vote. Self-serving and self-absorbed as a party, the Repubs threaten the essence of our democracy--the right to vote.

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