Ohioans have won expanded early voting hours as a result of a settlement reached in the lawsuit brought last year in NAACP v. Husted. On behalf of several civil rights plaintiffs, the ACLU had challenged state law S.B. 238 (pdf) and Secretary of State directives that have dramatically slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio. The agreement with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will provide additional evening and weekend voting opportunities in presidential, gubernatorial, and all regular elections beginning after the May 2015 primary and continuing through 2018.
The expanded hours include:
• For the upcoming presidential general election, an additional Sunday will be added during the third week of voting. Boards of elections will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
• For the presidential primary election and general elections, there will be expanded weekday evening hours during the fourth week of voting. Instead of regular business hours, boards of elections now will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• For regular municipal elections, primary elections and special elections, hours have been expanded during the fourth week of voting for weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on the Saturday before the election, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Most importantly, Ohio will continue to provide a robust period of early voting that includes flexible evening and weekend hours. This agreement ensures that voters will be able to vote at the board of elections when it’s convenient and that our elections remain accessible for all citizens.
Here are some articles on this topic:
Husted reaches settlement with Ohio NAACP over early voting Ohio Capitol Blog (4/19/15)
Ohio Secretary of State and civil liberties groups reach an early voting agreement WKSU Kent State University(4/17/15)
Ohio Settles Dispute Over Early Voting System The Wall Street Journal (4/17/15)
Ohio settles civil rights groups' lawsuit over early voting Fox News (4/17/15)
ACLU reaches settlement with Ohio over early voting Jurist (4/17/15)
ACLU, Secretary of State Jon Husted settle federal lawsuit over access to early voting in Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer (4/17/15)