Ohio Elections Off, On, Off Again
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called off the primary election in his state, only to have a judge order it to go ahead, only to shut it down anyway via Health Department edict.
The election was thrust into chaos on Monday after Gov. Mike DeWine said the state would not open polls because of the coronavirus outbreak. His comments come after a judge declined to postpone the contest until June.
“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus,” DeWine said in a statement posted to Twitter.
DeWine said that state Health Department Director Amy Acton would “order the polls closed as a health emergency.”
Acton did just that late Monday night.
DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose filed a joint lawsuit Monday afternoon in order to get the election postponed. But Judge Richard Frye declined their request later Monday, saying that to postpone the vote would set a “terrible precedent,” the Associated Press reported.