The United States Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction allowing Ohio counties to set early voting dates the Saturday through Monday before Election Day. The plaintiffs in the case – Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party – sought an in-person early voting deadline for all Ohioans that matched the deadline allowed for active duty military voters.
Earlier today, a federal judge restored early voting the final three days before Election Day in Ohio in a lawsuit brought by the Obama campaign, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the Democratic National Committee for Ohio. The court found that the state could not offer a compelling reason for ending early voting the Friday before Election Day given the evidence of its popularity among voters.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive yesterday mandating uniform hours for early voting at county offices throughout the state. The directive forbids counties from offering a weekend option for early voting. Counties could previously determine their own early voting hours.
An Ohio House legislative committee sent to the House floor a bill to repeal HB 194. HB 194, which the legislature passed last year, reduced early and absentee voting periods and removed the requirement that poll workers must direct voters to the correct polling place when they show up at the wrong location.