“A board member made a motion,”
explains Elections Board Director Tara Hupp, “that the Washington County Board
of Elections would not be open the weekend – the Saturday, Sunday and Monday
prior to the election for in-office absentee voting. A board member seconded
that motion…went to a roll call – a verbal vote by each board member. Two board
members voted ‘yes’ in favor; two board members voted ‘no,’ against the motion.”
Then, Hupp says, a second motion
allow early voting those
last three days also resulted in a two-two tie. Both votes fell along party
The two ties mean the matter will
be submitted to Secretary of State Jon Husted for a decision. Hupp says it's
too early to say how Husted will decide. He has fourteen days to do so.
In the meantime, the Secretary of State
has appealed the district court ruling to the US Supreme Court. No word
yet on whether the high court will hear the case prior to the election.
Hupp said the situation is
difficult because people want answers. As it stands now, early voting will continue
until Friday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. However, that could still change.