Secretary of State Jon Husted released an advisory Friday night upholding that no in-person early voting will be allowed at board of elections offices across the state the weekend before the Nov. 8 election.
Voters who want to cast ballots early at their county board of elections office will be allowed to do so only until 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, according to the news release from the secretary of state. These restrictions fall under House Bill 224, which takes effect Oct. 27 but has caused some confusion among voters, especially with the passing of HB 194 this year.
HB 194 listed several changes in voting guidelines, including in-person absentee voting, but it will not be applied to this upcoming election because of a voting-rights group’s referendum that says the bill will make voting difficult for minorities and others. In 2012, voters may have a chance to determine if they want to keep the bill if the voting-rights group can get enough signatures to get it on the ballot.
The limits on in-person early voting for the military was listed in HB 194 but repeated in HB 224 because of an error in the previous bill.