Following unprecedented Black voter turnout in Ohio during the 2008 presidential election, there has been an increase in restrictions that diminish the Black community's electoral power.
Now, under the leadership of Secretary of State Jon Husted, Ohio legislators have turned to eliminating the opportunity to cast absentee ballots on weekends leading up to Election Day. This is a clear attempt to limit Black voters’ and other urban dwellers’ access to the polls.
For many of us, voting in person is a particularly meaningful experience and due to work and family commitments, weekend voting is most convenient. Join us in telling Jon Husted to bring back weekend early voting hours so that all Ohioans have the opportunity to vote.
Restore Ohio's early voting hours
Dear Secretary of State Jon Husted,
I am writing to urge you to extend early voting hours for all Ohioans to include weekends. For many of us, voting in person is a particularly meaningful experience and due to work and family commitments, weekend voting is most convenient.
It took the outrage of concerned people nationwide to get you to address the unjust system you previously endorsed — expanded early voting hours for rural and suburban counties and a rigid 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule for polling sites in counties where Black communities are concentrated.
Now, in your quest to restore “uniform hours” statewide, you’ve robbed every Ohioan of the opportunity to vote during weekends, a necessity for people with strict work schedules and others who look to their religious communities to help them get to the polls.
As the Ohio Secretary of State, it’s your responsibility to ensure that every Ohioan has equal access to the vote. Your current position is an affront to all Americans who believe that voting is a right, not a privilege. I insist that you expand early voting hours to include weekends for all Ohioans now.