(Undated) - There will be early voting in Ohio during the last weekend before the November election.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's argument to disallow absentee in-person voting hours on November 3rd through 5th. The Supreme Court's decision upholds two earlier lower court rulings.
“Despite the Court’s decision today to deny our request for a stay, I firmly believe Ohio and its elected legislature should set the rules with respect to elections in Ohio, and not the federal court system,” Husted said. “However, the time has come to set aside the issue for this election.”
Husted said he will set uniform voting hours statewide.
President Obama's campaign and Ohio Democrats sued to put those voting days on the schedule. Ohio is considered perhaps the most important battleground state in the presidential election, as evidenced to almost daily visits from either Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney, if not both.
Ohio and Indiana are among 34 states where voters do not have to give a reason to cast an absentee in-person ballot in the month ahead of Election Day. In 2008’s general election, about 30 percent of the 1.7 million ballots submitted we submitted early.
The Hamilton County Board of Elections early voting hours are 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. Early voting will continue through Friday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. More information on early voting can be found on the board of elections website, boe.hamilton-co.org.