Ohio to run all all-mail primary through April 28

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose gave one Policy last weekAfter the surveys were completed, the primary was postponed to June 2. The legislator’s coronavirus response package, however, overruled LaRose after the legislator argued that LaRose did not have this power.

The new law instructs the LaRose office to send a postcard to every registered state voter to inform them of “the methods by which voters can apply to absent voters” and the deadlines for doing so. However, the law does not send a polling request to every voter.

“Please know that if I could send an absentee request to every voter in this primary school, I would do it,” LaRose said in a tweet. “Unfortunately [state regulations] forbid me that and [this bill] did not address that. “

The ballot papers must be received by 7.30 p.m. stamped on April 28 or on or before April 27 and received by May 8 to count – a close turn for a state whose election was marred by late confusion. A very limited group of voters can vote in person on April 28, including disabled voters and voters with no home address. However, for most people, this option is not available.

Voting groups immediately expressed concern about the new area code and argued that it disenfranchised voters.

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“The April 28 deadline is unworkable,” tweeted Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director of the All Voting is Local group. “It will take time to print and send postcards to 7.2 million Ohioans. Each post usually takes 3-5 days. If no app is sent directly to voters, the schedule is already tight. “

Brickner’s concerns have been confirmed by state affiliates of the ACLU and Common Cause.

A petition from the state member of the League of Women Voters demanded a primary school in mid-May at the earliest and urged that voters’ registration deadlines be extended to 30 days before primary school.

In a statement, LaRose said he disapproves of the legislative plan, but will work to implement it.

“It is disappointing that instead they chose to significantly reduce the amount of time Ohio has to complete this elementary school,” said LaRose, a Republican. “Although I have spoken out in favor of a different plan, the legislature has spoken and I will maintain my oath of office by doing everything I can in the next 34 days to ensure that every voter in Ohio has the opportunity to do so Voice sure to be heard. “

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