Ohio election officials back uniform voting hours

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.

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