State Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) recently introduced Senate Bill 296, which that will unfairly punish voters for Election Day problems they did not cause. Court ordered extended voting hours are a necessary safe-guard to ensure that voters have a uniform number of hours to vote. By law, polls must be open on Election Day from 6:30 am-7:30 pm, thereby providing 13 hours to vote. On several occasions polls have been court-ordered to stay open late for unquestionably legitimate reasons (e.g., running out of ballots, polls didn’t open (on time), machine failures, or power outage). In such instances a court order may be the only way to ensure uniform voting opportunities for all.
View our joint press release with the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause Ohio, and the Coalition for Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. Testimony in opposition to the bill was presented on May 4, 2016 by the ACLU, the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and Common Cause Ohio.