Early voting began Tuesday morning in Ohio after the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into a dispute over the schedule, pushing the start date back a week in the swing state. Voters will pick the next governor along with other statewide officeholders on Nov. 4. Residents also will decide a number of legislative races and the outcome of more than 1,600 local issues. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person. The start of early voting had shifted amid a lawsuit over two election-related measures.
One was a Republican-backed state law trimming the early voting period from 35 days to typically 28 days. It eliminated so-called golden week, when people could both register to vote and cast a ballot.
The other measure was a directive issued by the state’s elections chief that sets uniform early voting times across the state and restricted weekend and evening hours.