According to a report from the Associated Press, thanks to Secretary of State John Husted, Ohio voters will no longer have the option of early voting on Sundays or weekday nights.
Instead, voter will only have two Saturdays out of the fall to cast early – in person – ballots.
Speaking in a press release, Husted rationalized his decision as a matter of being “fair and uniform,” suggesting it was a matter of making the process more agreeable for everyone:
“In 2014, absentee voters will have the option of voting in person for four weeks, or they can vote without ever leaving home by completing the absentee ballot request form we will be sending all voters. Our goal is to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the voting process no matter which method they choose.”
As usual, African Americans be most negatively affected by the measures. According to a report from MSNBC:
[box type=”shadow”]There’s little doubt that cuts to early voting target blacks disproportionately. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.
“By completely eliminating Sundays from the early voting schedule, Secretary Husted has effectively quashed successful Souls to the Polls programs that brought voters directly form church to early voting sites,” said Mike Brickner, a spokesman for the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, in an email.[/box]
Read Husted’s press release here.
h/t: Huffington Post