Columbus –State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement today after Judge Peter C. Economus ruled that in-person early voting should be restored for the three days prior to election day:
“I am pleased that Judge Economus saw the disparate treatment of Ohio voters for what it is. This is the second time this week that Republican-led efforts to make it harder to cast a ballot have been blocked by the courts. Voting is our country’s most fundamental right and I am glad to see that it is finally being treated as such.
“It is important to note that this decision will not make it harder for our brave men and women in uniform to participate in this November’s election—it will merely extend many of the same voting opportunities they enjoy to their fellow citizens.
“Despite this exciting development, Ohioans remain without many of the weekend early voting hours that were available in previous elections. I call upon Secretary of State Husted, Attorney General DeWine, and other Ohio leaders to support the court’s ruling and work to provide all of the state’s voters the opportunities necessary to cast their ballots this fall.”