Jon Husted

Ohio voters will be able to cast ballots at their county boards of election on the final three days before the election, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s appeal of a federal court ruling.


Immediately after the decision was rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court, Husted, the Republican who is Ohio’s chief elections officer, issued a directive to all 88 county boards of elections setting uniform hours for voting in-person at the boards on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asked county boards of elections to tell him what they want to do about in-person voting the final three days before the election, while Husted waits for a decision on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear his appeal of his ban on voting during that period.

In southwest Ohio, the answers Husted is getting are all over the map – with Democratic board members wanting more hours and Republicans generally wanting less.

Ohio Government Website

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a Friday decision by a federal appeals court here that restored early in-person voting on the final three days before the election.

"This is an unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections, and because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be in run in America, we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections,'' the Republican secretary of state said in a written statement.

Cincinnati court reinstates early voting for 3 days before election

Oct 5, 2012
WVXU

A major court ruling Friday declares that Ohio may not ban early in-person voting on the three days just before election day itself.

There’s no word yet on what will happen to the two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections who faced a hearing at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office this morning. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has the latest in the fight to get in person, early voting on the weekends.

Drumming sound of protestors

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In politics, as in most human endeavors, a compromise solution that leaves both sides less than ecstatically happy is probably the right solution.


That may be the case with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision this week to set uniform hours for early, in-person voting at all of Ohio’s 88 county board of elections.

Hundreds of Hamilton County Democrats want a federal court to intervene forcing the Board of Elections to have Saturday hours for the month leading up to the presidential election.

The overflow crowd at a Hamilton County Board of Elections meeting extended out into the hallway as Democrats clamored for something to be done. They say Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's directive didn't go far enough without Saturday hours for early voting.

Board Democrat Caleb Faux got right to the point.

Ohio's Secretary of State says he's leveling the playing field to ensure the Presidential Election in Ohio will be "uniform, accessible for all, fair and secure."

Today during a news conference Jon Husted directed Boards of Election throughout the state to have the same hours leading up to the election. From October 22nd through November 1st the boards will be open until seven each night Monday through Friday. There won't be any Saturday hours.

"All Ohio voters will have the same amount of time--23 days or 225 hours--to vote in person prior to Election Day," said Husted.

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