New Early Voting Hours Set in Ohio


UPDATE 6/17/2014 7:30 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief has issued new early voting hours for the final days before Election Day following a federal judge's order last week.

Voters in the battleground state will get a total of 18 hours to vote in person on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before presidential primaries and presidential and gubernatorial general elections.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) on Tuesday directed Ohio's 88 county elections boards to be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday for the major contests.

Husted also set hours on the final days for municipal, primary and special elections.

His directive follows a federal ruling in a 2012 lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democrats.

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Following a federal judge's order Ohio's elections chief is now required to set voting hours for the three days before the election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted isn't fighting the court ruling, instead keeping with his plan for all voters to have the same opportunity regardless of where they live.

That was why those hours were not part of his early voting plan, since some counties could and others couldn't.

Now all 88 boards of election will accept early in person voting the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election.

"Potentially affect some overtime or flex time and not just our county - any of the counties. Also we may have to bring in more staff," says Washington County Board of Elections Director Tara Hupp.

Hupp says the problem comes with so many hours and less voters.

She adds even with the changes over the years their office has not seen a drastic increase in voters.


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