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Early voting hours in Ohio set for disputed 3 days

Oct. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON, Ohio -- Lawrence County Board of Elections Director Cathy Overbeck said her office will follow the directive handed down by the Ohio Secretary of State's Office on Tuesday that sets early voting hours during the three days before the Nov. 6 election.

Those hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, according to the directive.

Early voting will continue at the Lawrence County Board of Elections Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday of this week and will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week and the following week.

Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday directed the state's 88 county boards of elections to be open on those days. The move came an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Husted's appeal of a federal appeals court decision reinstating in-person early voting on the disputed days.

President Barack Obama's campaign and Democrats had sued Husted over part of Ohio's law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.



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