Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced uniform, statewide hours for early voting for the May primary today during a speech to election officials from across Ohio.
The hours for early voting have sparked controversy in Summit and many other counties and resulted in a lawsuit by President Barack Obama's campaign in the last presidential election.
Husted's hours mirror those recommended by the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the bipartisan group of election officials he addressed Wednesday. Early voting for the May 6 gubernatorial primary will begin April 1 and the hours will be:
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 1 to 4.
* 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 7. (The last day for voter registration for the primary.)
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 8 to 11.
* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 14 to May 2.
* 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3.
Husted has urged the state legislature to pass legislation adopting these early voting hours, as well as other election reforms, but lawmakers haven't yet taken this step. He said in a press release Wednesday that he wants to "ensure fairness and that all voters are playing by the same rules."