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BREAKING: Director of Health Orders Polls Closed Tomorrow

17 Mar , 2020  

UPDATE:  The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to the delay. The Primary Election is officially postponed.

Another twist tonight in a story which has played itself out over the last several hours.

The Director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, issued an order on Monday night closing Ohio’s polling places for Tuesday’s Ohio Primary Election.

As a result, in-person voting will apparently not take place tomorrow. At the same time, lawsuits in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and the Ohio Supreme Court will seek judicial permission for continued voting until June 2.

The order came hours after a Franklin County Judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order halting the Primary Election. That story can be read here.

The result of that judicial decision was confusing, as state officials reportedly told local election officials that the election had been halted.

The text of Dr. Acton’s order can be read below.

Governor Mike DeWine on Twitter

Here is the three-page order signed tonight by @OHdeptofhealth Director @DrAmyActon that closes all polling locations in #Ohio due to the risk of #COVID19 faced by both voters and poll workers. #COVID19OhioReady

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