COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Wednesday yielded to mounting state and national criticism of Ohio’s uneven early voting rules, ordering that voting hours be the same across the state.
The Republican directed Ohio’s 88 county boards of election to adhere to these hours of operation during the 35-day early voting period: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first three weeks, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the final two weeks.
But there will be no weekend voting when early voting begins on Oct. 2, Husted said.
“The bottom line is the antagonists have made an issue about the fact that voters aren’t being treated fairly, that they aren’t being treated the same,” Husted said during a hastily called news conference at his office. “Today we’re treating voters everywhere the same.”
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