News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Hennes Paynter Communications

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Husted sets uniform hours for the primary election over objections
League of Women Voters says limiting hours is a mistake
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
In The Region:

The Secretary of State addressed Ohio’s elections officials today  to make some big announcements regarding this year’s elections. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that includes a directive to make sure all voters have the same amount of access to the polls.

LISTEN: Regulating voting hours

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:32)


Secretary of State Jon Husted wants uniform standards for early voting this spring, and has issued a directive setting the hours of operation for all 88 county boards of elections in the weeks leading up to the May primary.

Husted announced the hours while addressing the Ohio Association of Election Officials winter conference in Columbus. He says the uniform hours are in the interest of fairness.

“Our priority should be to get all voters equal access to their ballots—no matter where they live—to provide adequate time to accommodate an increasingly busy electorate and to reduce the chance of long lines on Election Day.”

Husted says he had to step in and set the hours after the Ohio General Assembly ignored his repeated calls for legislation to handle the issue. 

Voting hours:
• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, April 1, 2014, through April 4, 2014;

• 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, (last day of voter registration, R.C. 3501.10(B));

• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, April 8, 2014, through April 11, 2014;

• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 14, 2014, through May 2, 2014; and

• 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Equal or not?
The schedule is basically Monday through Friday business hours with one Saturday from 8 to Noon and one Monday with evening hours. This isn’t enough to some people, including Peg Rosenfield with the Ohio League of Women Voters.

“I think it ought to be convenient for voters. They shouldn’t have to choose. You know, I may not make it Election Day. We really do believe that everybody should vote and their vote should be counted. We really really do believe that and — don’t discourage people by making it harder.”

Husted also told the conference that he plans to send absentee ballot applications to all Ohio voters for the 2014 General Election, just as he did for November’s vote.

Listener Comments:

Nothing more than an attempt to suppress the vote. People who work for a living cannot possibly make accommodation to vote early under this schedule.


Posted by: Anonymous on January 16, 2014 6:01AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Former Nursing Home Land Added to Parks
In addition, LED technology also plays a very important role in advertising- LED placard is very, very useful for shop owners.

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding
That's not true. Other school districts HAVE followed this law and done this. Oakhills is one of them and how they were able to provide technology for their s...

Death and beauty at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
What a disgusting story to air at lunch time.

Ohio Supreme Court grills attorneys on flooding and million-dollar fixes
Perhaps the State of Ohio should take the lead and implement state wide water shed districts that would collect minimum fees. The funds could then be distribute...

More Ohio schools are adding STEM + arts to come up with STEAM
STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Not Education! Your first sentence and intro to this article is incorrect. Please correct this inaccuracy....

Body found in Brecksville park identified as Hillary Sharma
When will we learn the cause of death? We live here and if there's foul play, we have a right to know.

FitzGerald isn't giving up, but many Stark voters are worried, wary and weary
SB5 stands for "Snow Ball 5" because voters have about a snow ball's chance of remembering what it was.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University