Ohio’s Elections Chief Suspends 2 Local Officials

Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: WOSU Archive)
Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: WOSU Archive)

The state’s Republican elections chief has suspended two Democratic election officials in southwest Ohio after they voted to extend early voting hours beyond the uniform, statewide hours that he recently set.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has instructed the two members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections to appear at his office Monday for a hearing about why they shouldn’t be removed from the board.

Husted said late Friday that Thomas Ritchie Sr. and Dennis Lieberman failed to act consistently with his directive, leaving him no choice but to suspend them.

Husted has ordered all 88 county election boards to have the same hours on weekdays and to close on weekends.

The board was split over expanding the hours. Husted broke the tie Friday not to allow it.

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