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Ohio Dems Call for Early Voting on Monday Before Election Day
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Jen French) -- Two Democratic Ohio lawmakers are calling on Secretary of State John Husted to order that polls remain open on the Monday before Election Day 2013.
State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released a statement on Wednesday in which they referred to a 2012 federal court decision while asking Husted to order county officials to open boards of elections on November 4.
In the Obama for America v. Husted decision, a federal judge reversed the restriction of early voting in Ohio on the last few days before the 2012 election.
Rep. Clyde believes Husted is duty-bound to require that county officials once again offer early voting until Election Day.
"We won this victory for Ohio voters last fall when the final days of early voting were canceled by the GOP, then reinstated by a federal court and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court," Rep. Clyde said. "Secretary Husted hasn't done his duty of ensuring boards of elections follow the law."
Sen. Turner expressed concerns that limited early voting will prevent some Ohioans from casting their votes in the upcoming election.
"Jon Husted's refusal to provide for early in-person voting opportunities to all Ohioans on the final days before the election wrongly limits ballot access," Sen. Turner said. "We should be making it easier --not harder -- to vote."
In a statement from Husted's office, Press Secretary Matt McClellan told ABC 6/FOX 28 that both Turner and Clyde supported, and helped pass House Bill 224, which reduced early voting availability but was ruled unconstitutional ahead of the 2012 election.
After the federal court's ruling, Husted set consistent early voting rules for the entire state "on his own accord," according to McClellan, who also said the ruling allows the secretary of state and county boards of elections to determine voting hours for Ohioans, as long those hours are consistent throughout the state.
"These lawmakers should focus their efforts on working with other members of the General Assembly to pass a bipartisan bill that is constitutional and establishes uniform days and hours that are fair for all Ohio voters," McClellan said.
Click to view Ohio House and Senate Journal entries for the roll call votes for HB 224, provided to ABC 6/FOX 28 by Sec. Husted's office.