In the eleventh hour on Monday night, Gov. Mike DeWine took to Twitter to report Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has ordered the Democratic primary polls closed for in-person voting on Tuesday March 17th as a part of a health emergency.
This ruling comes contrary to Judge Richard Frye ruling against Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s request Monday to delay Tuesday’s primary until June due to coronavirus concerns.
Ohio Department of Health Orders Primary Polls Closed Despite Judge’s Ruling was originally published on wzakcleveland.com
Here is the three-page order signed tonight by @OHdeptofhealth Director @DrAmyActon that closes all polling locations in #Ohio due to the risk of #COVID19 faced by both voters and poll workers. #COVID19OhioReady pic.twitter.com/XRd4zJH4so— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
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.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
As such, @DrAmyActon will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State @FrankLaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
Joint Statement from Governor DeWine and Secretary of State @FrankLaRose:— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
The only thing more important than a free and fair election is the health and safety of Ohioans. 1/5
Additionally, Ohioans over 65 and those with certain health conditions have been advised to limit their nonessential contact with others, affecting their ability to vote or serve as poll workers. 3/5— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
Logistically, under these extraordinary circumstances, it simply isn’t possible to hold an election tomorrow that will be considered legitimate by Ohioans. 4/5— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
Together with @GovMikeDeWine, @LtGovHusted, and @DrAmyActon, we had to make some tough decisions.— Frank LaRose (@FrankLaRose) March 17, 2020
I talked to @NewDay about why Ohioans aren’t voting today and how we’re working to make sure they have their voice heard in a fair and safe election. pic.twitter.com/e0yuCnX8kO