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Husted sets early voting hours for November election; is criticized by opponents

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 26, 2014

Secretary of State Jon Husted has once again set early voting hours.

And his opponents are once again decrying the hours as an attempt to disenfranchise voters.

Husted set early voting hours in January for the May 6 primary and announced hours this week for the Nov. 4 general election.

Husted set the early voting hours in the four weeks leading up to the November election as: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays before the election.

Husted noted that he adopted hours recommended by the Ohio Association of Election Officials, a bipartisan group of election officials from across the state.

Husted has urged the legislature to adopt uniform early voting hours, but this hasn't yet happened. The legislature did, however, pass a bill that removes the so-called "Golden Week" during which voters could both register and vote.

State Sen. Nina Turner, Husted's opponent in the November election, and other Democratic leaders criticized Husted for the latest hours he set, saying he is making it harder for people to vote.

Early voting hours have been controversial in Ohio's urban counties, including Summit, where many people cast absentee ballots. 

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