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Judge Allows Jailed Voters to Cast Ballots

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DAN KONIK
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility located in Lucasville, Ohio. A judge has ruled that two inmates being held at the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton will be allowed to vote.

A judge has granted a temporary restraining order that allows Ohioans who are in a Dayton jail to cast ballots in this election.  

Mike Brickner of All Voting Matters says a court has issued an order that allows two people being housed in a Montgomery County jail to cast ballots. But he says a class action lawsuit on behalf of all jailed voters in the same situation remains under consideration. 

“The larger issue of allowing anyone who is a registered voter the ability to cast a ballot in that last weekend before the election – that question will continue to be decided by the court.”

Bricker says it is a matter of fairness because low income voters who can’t afford bail should be able to vote, just like wealthier Ohioans who make bond earlier.