Ohio Sets New Early Voting Schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOWO) – Ohio's elections chief has set extended early voting hours for the fall following a federal judge's order.

Court records show that Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive late Friday to county boards of elections containing an expanded voting schedule.

The directive comes after a federal judge blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered Husted to set additional times, including evening hours. Under the Sept. 4 ruling, early voting would begin Sept. 30 instead of October 7.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus also barred Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.

Economus and a panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati have declined to delay the decision while the state seeks to reverse the ruling.

The new schedule:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesday, September 30 through Friday, October 3

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Monday, October 6

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesday, October 7 through Friday, October 10

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesday, October 14 through Friday, October 17

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Saturday, October 25

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Sunday, October 26

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Saturday, November 1

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Sunday, November 2

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Monday, November 3