CBS News reports:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that he will try to have the state’s in-person voting moved from Tuesday, March 17, to June 2 to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations that older and at-risk Americans stay home to avoid contracting coronavirus. “We cannot conduct this election tomorrow, the in-person voting for 13 hours tomorrow, and conform to [CDC] guidelines,” DeWine said at a press conference.
“We should not be in a situation where the votes of these individuals who are conflicted are suppressed,” he said. “It is therefore my recommendation after talking with the secretary of state, talking with the attorney general, talking with the lieutenant governor, that voting be extended until June 2, that no in-person voting occur today, but rather in-person voting occur on June 2, but between now and then that absentee ballot voting be permitted.”
“We should not force (voters) to make this choice, the choice between their health and their constitutional rights and duties as American citizens,” DeWine said about court case calling for in-person voting to be suspended until June 2. https://t.co/RZqKT1SJOV
— Common Cause Ohio (@CommonCauseOhio) March 16, 2020
People should not have to choose between their constitutional rights and their health. That’s why I’m recommending that we delay in-person voting until June 2. But I don’t have the authority to push the date back, so a lawsuit will be filed soon in Franklin County. #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/plMjmTta3N
— Mike DeWine (@MikeDeWine) March 16, 2020