Gov. John Kasich has not yet signed thebill that would require the posting of a cash bond by those asking for court orders to keep polls open late.
Kasich says he doesn’t want a situation where judges order polls to be open late based on something that’s on social media. But when it comes to requiring voters to post a bond to pay pollworker overtime costs before a judge could order polls to stay open late, Kasich says he’s not sure that’s necessary.
“The judges today already have the authority to say that you have to post a bond, but I don’t know if they know about it or have ever done it. So so is it unreasonable -- because it’s in the law now -- is it unreasonable to draw their attention to it now? You know I’m looking at it and I’m sort of undecided and I want to think about it a little bit longer.”
Kasich says if there’s a legitimate reason to keep polls open, he thinks voters should have that opportunity. He says he wishes lawmakers had consulted his office earlier in the process of drafting this bill.