Ohio's Primary Postponed Due To Coronoavirus Concerns

Mar 17, 2020

Late Monday night, Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine announced that polls would be closed as a "health emergency" because of concerns about the coronavirus. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose had announced earlier that they were trying to delay Tuesday's election for almost three months -- until June 2 --because of the spread of the disease.  After the governor's press conference and hours before the polls were set to open, a Franklin County judge, Richard A. Frye, denied a request to delay voting.  

Unlike many states, Ohio officials do not have the authority to delay the election on their own, so they are hoping to get a state court to order the delay.

The announcement came after officials determined that in-person voting on Tuesday could pose a risk to adults 65 or older who are susceptible to the virus and who are under guidelines to self-quarantine.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with the executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Jen Miller, about about the possible extension announced and what it means for voters in Ohio.

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