Franklin County Judge Denies Request to Delay Election

Posted on March 16, 2020

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye late Monday denied a request to delay the March 17 primary election to June 2.

The ruling, barring a last minute appeal, means the election is slated to move forward with the polls opening at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said they wanted to suspend in-person voting out of concern that voters and poll workers would be put at risk of being exposed to coronavirus.

They suggested continuing absentee voting by mail and bumping in-person voting to June 2.

But Judge Frye said the plaintiffs didn’t act in a timely manner and DeWine and legislative leaders haven’t called an emergency session of the Ohio General Assembly to try to make the necessary changes.

DeWine and LaRose do not have the authority to suspend the election, so a group of voters filed the suit in Franklin County to suspend the election.

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