Ohio voters this year will not be able to cast votes at boards of elections on Sundays – and that has some Democrats angered across the state. Voters will still be able to cast ballots weekdays and two Saturdays in the four weeks before Election Day under a directive issued Tuesday by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted. They’ll also be able to cast early ballots by mail. But to Hamilton County Board of Elections Chairman Tim Burke, who is also the county’s Democratic Party chairman, Sunday voting is “critical.”
“On the Sunday before the 2012 election, our board of elections was virtually surrounded by people waiting for three and more hours to vote,” he said. “It was a clear demonstration of why preserving Sunday hours, especially in our large urban counties, is critical.”
Board of elections records show 24,151 people voted early and in-person in the 2012 general election. Of those, 1,142 cast ballots on the Sunday before early voting – or 4.7 percent of all early votes that year.