After a week of criticism from voters around the state, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has made uniform the hours all board of elections must follow when holding early voting for the upcoming presidential election.
On WAKR's Ray Horner Morning show, Husted explained the situation.
"Ohio's election system traditionally, during the last presidential election...all the years leading up to it....is one where the local counties would make decisions on days and hours of operation. So what you would have is one set of rules in one county, and one in another. So it was becoming somewhat controversial," said Husted. "A board might close at 4:00 in one place and 7:00 in another. Fundamentally i don't think people think that's fair"
The new rules from Husted order the entire state's boards of election provide early voting where ballots will be accepted 35 days before the election, by mail or at the polls. Every voter will receive an absentee ballot, when requested, that will be sent to their home. Husted said voters will have 750 hours to vote without even leaving their homes if choosing to cast their ballot by mail.
Husted said "If you want to go to the board of elections, every county, essentially for the first four weeks, you can vote from 8:00 through 5:00. The last two weeks you can vote from 8:00 through 7:00."