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League of Women Voters Says Watch for Voting Changes Taking Effect This Fall
Posted on: 05/06/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
Changes in Ohio’s voting laws have been the subject of controversy, but recent changes won't affect Tuesday’s primary election.
 
Carrie Davis with the Ohio League of Women Voters says the changes take effect in November, when early in-person voting will be reduced from 35 to 29 days before the general election. In addition, she says a directive from the Secretary of State reduced early voting hours, which the League is in disagreement...  
 
"They’re all business hours during the week, no evenings at all. Two Saturdays, no Sundays, which a lot of voters were disappointed who take advantage of early voting on evenings and weekends."
 
Early voting for tomorrow’s primary began on April 1, and an estimated 120,000 voters have already cast their ballots.  
 
Today’s primary includes candidates seeking their party nominations to compete in the November general election. Davis tells WMOA News it’s unfortunate that so many voters don’t give primary elections nearly as much attention as the November elections...
 
"Turnout for primaries is always much lower than we see for the general, which is disappointing because the voters who show up to vote in the primary get a say on which candidates are going to appear in your November ballot."
 
The polls opened at 6:30 and close at 7:30 this evening.  All voters must bring identification, either an Ohio driver’s license or a government document with their valid address.
 
As it’s done since the 1940’s, WMOA will broadcast election results as they’re received during this evening’s Reds-Red Sox game. Then join ONN’s Mike Hawkins and WMOA’s Justin Bradley for complete results and reaction Wednesday morning at 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30.
 
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