Judge Restores 3 Early Voting Days In Ohio

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative marched to the Franklin County Board of Elections recently to push for weekend voting hours.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative marched to the Franklin County Board of Elections recently to push for weekend voting hours.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)

A federal judge in Ohio is giving all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

Judge Peter Economus, on Friday, issued a preliminary injunction granting the request from President Barack Obama’s campaign that targets a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election. The law exempts military personnel and Ohioans living overseas.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will appeal Judge Economus’ ruling.

Obama’s campaign and Democrats are suing the state’s elections chief over the legality of the law. They argue that everyone should have a chance to vote on those three days.

Attorneys for the state contend that many laws grant special voting accommodations for military members, and local boards need time to prepare for elections.

Comments
  • Bob Kroshefsky

    The Republicans’ objections – including the “time to prepare” one – are a crock. I work for my local BoE and I can tell you that with computerized records, the BoEs have up-to-the-minute info on all early voters within seconds of their having signed in to vote. In addition, the BoEs don’t prepare the physical sign-in sheets for the poll workers until Monday and it is no problem whatsoever to get lists of the Monday early voters out to the polls on Election Day so those folks can be identified on the list. I know because I’m one of the folks who delivers those lists on Turesday morning.