View Full Version : OH Sec of State John Husted Backs Down

09-07-2012, 02:13 PM
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>BREAKING: Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down, Allows Local Officials To Set Early Voting Hours</span>
By Scott Keyes on Sep 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm
ThinkProgress.org (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/814821/jon-husted-backs-down/)


After previously trying to restrict early voting, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) today reversed course on his decision to block county boards of elections from setting their own early voting hours in the days leading up to the November election.

Last month, Husted and Ohio Republicans led an effort to limit early voting hours in Democratic counties, including those with major cities like Columbus and Cleveland, while expanding early voting in Republican counties. After the ensuing uproar, Husted moved to restrict voting hours across the state, only to have his cuts to early voting restored by a federal court.

Husted responded to the ruling by refusing to comply with the court order. Expanding voting hours, he claimed in Directive 2012-40, will “only serve to confuse voters.” Therefore, the directive read, he was “prohibit[ing] county boards of elections from determining hours for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before the election.” The move led Judge Peter Economus to set a hearing for September 13: “The Court ORDERS that Defendant Secretary of State Jon Husted personally attend the hearing,” his release read.

<span style="color: #CC0000">Facing a direct court order, Husted has chosen instead to back down. This afternoon, Husted’s office released Directive 2012-42 with a brief message: “Directive 2012-40 is hereby rescinded.”</span> As a result, county boards of elections will now be allowed to set their own hours, pending Husted’s appeal of the Obama for America v. Husted decision.

Gayle in MD
09-07-2012, 06:30 PM

I am just absolutely thrilled to learn of this.

Thanks for posting it, or I probably wouldn't have seen it until Monday or Tuesday.

These last two weeks of campaign conventions have worn me out! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif


09-07-2012, 06:38 PM
Usually these Satanic vote-suppressing minions show that barbed end tail behind them.

I see this one has it between his legs.

I am very surprised the Ohio SecState that threw Ohio to W in '04 didn't end up in jail by now.

Gayle in MD
09-07-2012, 06:42 PM

Even on this forum! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif