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Husted defies order on early voting



Published: Wed, September 5, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

RELATED: Fired officials call for resignation of Sec’y of State Husted

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted continued to block county boards from setting hours for early in-person voting in the final days before the November general election, days after a federal judge ordered him to instruct elections officials to do so.

In a directive Tuesday, the state’s chief elections officer wrote “there is no valid reason” to open early voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Nov. 6 while legal proceedings over the issue continue.

“Let me again emphasize, the constitutionality of the statute setting in-person absentee voting hours is still subject to court review, and it would further confuse voters to set hours now that the court may change later,” Husted wrote. “As such, this directive strictly prohibits county boards of elections from determining hours for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday before the election.”

Husted did indicate, however, that he would reverse course if an appellate court upholds last week’s decision.

“I am confident there will be sufficient time after the conclusion of the appeal process to set uniform hours across the state,” he wrote.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus ordered Husted to restore early in-person voting on the three days before Election Day, blocking a new state law that ended early voting Friday and calling into question a directive by the secretary of state prohibiting early voting on weekends.

The decision was a victory for President Barack Obama’s election campaign, which sued after lawmakers set different deadlines for early voting for men and women serving in the military.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is appealing the decision, arguing that it is constitutional to provide special ballot access to men and women serving in the military.


Comments

1BigStar303(6 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Am I missing something here?

When two local elections board officials defied Husted's orders, he fired them.

But when Husted is handed a legal ruling from a judge ordering him to do something, he can defy that order...and that's OK?

He gets to tell that judge that things will run on HIS timetable (i.e., "I'll follow your order if it's upheld by the appellate court."), not the judge's? In what universe is this legal?

How about if we fire Husted?

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2Just_me(18 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree....find him in contempt of court! They are the party of privledge so they see themselves as above the law. And so much for democracy - what does that say about the Republicans that they want to limit access to the ballot box? It tells me that know they're in trouble. Unpopular, out of touch millionaire who took forever to garner enough votes for the nomination and had to re-image himself to minimize a radical platform and appear more human---and still no bump in the polls. lt is why idiots like Husted have to do what theyl do

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3youngstownsteve(74 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Just another attempt by the corrupt republican party to steal another election. Husted ought to be thrown out of office and into jail for contempt of this court's order.

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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

He should be immediately removed from office.

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5Attis(855 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Isn't his job to facilitate rather than suppress the voting process? There is nothing confusing about having votes cast early on the weekend before Election Day; voters are not confused, Husted is and should be removed from office for trying to suppress the vote and deny voters their constitutional rights.

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6DwightK(1223 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Does HUsted understand his job is to serve the people of Ohio and make voting as painless a process as possible? These are our rights he's messing with. I hope local boards of election set whatever hours they want and force him to talk about throwing votes out. We'll see how far that gets him.

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7borylie(752 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Exactly what Dems want to do with early voting and absentee ballots:
http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story...

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