Ohio Elections Chief Issues New Early Voting Hours< < Back to
Ohio's elections chief has set extended early voting hours for the fall following a federal judge's order.
Court records show that Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive late Friday to county boards of elections containing an expanded voting schedule.
The directive comes after a federal judge blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered Husted to set additional times, including evening hours. Under the Sept. 4 ruling, early voting would begin Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7.
Voters can cast absentee ballots early by mail or in person without giving any reason. Here is the new schedule for in-person voting:
U.S. District Judge Peter Economus also barred Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.
Economus and a panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati have declined to delay the decision while the state seeks to reverse the ruling