PRESS RELEASE from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Wednesday, October 16, 2012


Columbus – Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a stay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Obama v. Husted, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“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.

“However, the time has come to set aside the issue for this election.

“Today I have set uniform hours statewide, giving all Ohio voters the same opportunities to vote in the upcoming presidential election regardless of what county they live in.”



October 16, 2012

To: All County Boards of Elections
Directors, Deputy Directors, and Board Members

Re: Uniform Days and Hours for In-Person Absentee Voting from November 3, 2012 through November 5, 2012

I hereby set uniform days and hours for in-person absentee voting, for UOCAVA and non- UOCAVA voters alike, as follows:

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2012 – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This Directive expands the uniform days and hours for in-person absentee voting established by Directive 2012-35, which remains in effect. As such, Boards are reminded that any voter in line when that day’s hours for in-person absentee voting ends, may remain in line to apply for and receive an absentee ballot in person.

If you have any questions regarding this Directive, please contact the Secretary of State’s elections attorney assigned to your county by calling (614) 466-2585.


Jon Husted