House Democrats blast Ohio's early voting hours

7:32 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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OLUMBUS -- Democrats in the Ohio House say new early voting hours in the swing state create disparity, not uniformity, among counties with different populations.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has ordered election boards in Ohio's 88 counties to have the same hours on weekdays and have no hours on weekends.

House Minority Leader Armond Budish told reporters Wednesday that it's unfair to force counties with hundreds of thousands of voters to hold the same hours as those with tens of thousands.

He and other Democrats want Husted to permit weekend voting and allow counties to choose to opt out of it.

Husted says the rules are set and won't change. He said in a statement that with absentee ballots, Ohioans have more access this year than before.

The Associated Press

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