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Franklin County Judge Refuses State’s Attempt To Delay Primary

17 Mar , 2020  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s attempt to delay Ohio’s Primary Election until June 2 did not meet with a positive reaction in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Richard Frye denied the State’s request for a temporary restraining order delaying the vote. Frye indicated that the lateness of the request — just hours before the opening of the polls — was not time to weigh the pros and cons of delay. He also indicated that waiting until June would not guarantee a safer voting environment.

Now, after the Governor and Secretary of State made the argument that going ahead with voting could jeopardize voter health and cause Ohioans to face a decision between risking harm and exercising a constitutional right, the election will apparently go on.

The two plaintiffs in the action argued that the decision personally impacted them.

At the time of this post, there is no indication that the Governor has called or plans to call the Ohio General Assembly back tonight in special session.

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