COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's top elections official has set early in-person voting hours for the three days before Election Day, following a federal judge's order handed down last week.
Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday announced the changes that will take effect beginning this fall. Husted's order sets forth different schedules for presidential elections, primary and gubernatorial elections, and - for the first time - local elections. In all cases, in-person early voting will start 28 days before the election, down from 35 days in past years.
Husted had previously set a 2014 early voting schedule that eliminated Sunday and Monday voting throughout the state, instead adopting a proposal recommended by the bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials.
Ohio has hosted a long-running dispute over early voting days. In 2012, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit over an Ohio law that cut off in-person early voting three days before Election Day. A federal judge last week called for Husted to set uniform hours on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before each Election Day.
Husted said he also plans to send an absentee-ballot application to every registered voter, but will need approval from the General Assembly to do that in future years.