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NAACP v. Jon Husted




Earlier this month, a federal district court ruled that cuts to early voting in Ohio must be restored in time for the November election. The Ohio Conference of the NAACP, the ACLU, and other civil rights plaintiffs challenged state law S.B. 238 and directives that have dramatically slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio.  U.S. District Judge Peter Economus ordered the restoration of Golden Week, the weeklong window when a voter can simultaneously register to vote and vote an in-person absentee ballot.  Judge Economus also ordered Secretary of State Husted to set uniform evening hours and an additional Sunday of voting.  The judge concluded that the early voting cuts were unconstitutional and violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act


Secretary of State John Husted has appealed Judge Economus’ ruling, and has attempted to delay the setting expanded hours pending the outcome of the appeal.  However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that early voting hours must be set immediately.  Accordingly, Secretary Husted has updated Directive 2014-28 and set early voting hours for the following days which were previously excluded from the election calendar: 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 3
  • Monday, October 6
  • Evening voting hours between Monday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 24, and between Monday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 31

The Sixth Circuit is expected to issue a decision on the appeal in the coming weeks.  


Early Voting Calendar
October 2014
 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday
Friday
Saturday


30
  8 am – 5 pm*

1
    8 am – 5 pm*
2
   8 am - 5 pm*
3
   8 am - 5 pm*
4
5
6     
   Registration
Deadline
      8am - 9pm*
7
   8 am - 5 pm
8
   8 am - 5 pm
9
   8 am - 5 pm
10
   8 am - 5 pm
11
12
13
      CLOSED
Columbus Day

14
    8 am - 5 pm
15
   8 am - 5 pm
16
   8 am - 5 pm
17
   8 am - 5 pm
18
19
20
   8 am - 5 pm
21
   8 am - 5 pm
22
   8 am - 5 pm
23
   8 am - 5 pm
24
   8 am - 5 pm
25
    8 am - 4 pm
26
   1pm - 5pm*
27
   8 am - 7 pm*
28
    8 am - 7 pm*
29
   8 am - 7 pm*
30
   8 am - 7 pm*
31
   8 am - 7 pm*
1
   8am - 4pm
2
   1pm - 5pm
3
   8 am - 2 pm
4 Election        
       Day
6:30 am -7:30 pm






*Court ordered expanded early voting on this day.  Hours subject to change pending court appeal.  Last updated 9/16/14.