Ohio will have uniform days and hours for in-person absentee voting for the 2014 primary.
Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the new rule at the winter conference of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, held earlier this month in Columbus. The rule mirrors a proposal proposed by the association.
In-person absentee voting will begin April 1, which is 35 days before the May 6 primary, and will end at noon on the Saturday before the election.
The hours are:
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1-4.
• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 7, which is the last day for voters to register for the election.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8-11.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14-May 2.
• 8 a.m. to noon May 3.
“To date, the OAEO plan is the only voting schedule that has garnered Republican and Democratic support, balancing both access for the voter and the legitimate administrative and cost concerns for large, medium and small counties,” Husted said. “Most importantly, this plan ensures that voters in each county have the same access to the ballot.”
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