We just received word that the Butler County Board of Elections has set weekend hours for the weekend prior to the election.

The hours will be Saturday Nov. 3 from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Sunday Nov. 4 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and and Monday Nov. 5 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

As we previously reported, Secretary of State Jon Husted lost his most recent appeal to keep BOEs closed on three days prior to the election, but he has refused to issue a directive ordering county boards to be open despite a ruling by the judge that local BOEs should have the option of being open.

After lengthy discussion, Butler County board member Bruce Carter made the motion for extending early voting hours.  Republican board members subsequently walked out of the room   The remaining Democratic members voted in favor of the motion.   Mr. Carter, quoting Roberts Rules, claims that the vote is valid since they had a quorum when the motion was called.

According to Mr. Carter, 4070 voters (an average of 170 per hour) cast their votes during the last weekend of voting in 2008.   They are expecting 6000 voters during that same weekend this year.

Prior to making the motion, the board was provided with a “bi-partisan recommendation” to extend voting hours over  that weekend.  And they were informed that they “have sufficient staff” and the extra hours “would not put an undue strain on [the]  Board employees.”

We’ve been told that the Delaware County Board also voted to allow early voting during the weekend before election day, but they have deadlocked.  SOS Husted need to break the tie.

[UPDATE]

We’ve also been informed that the Licking County Board of Elections also voted on Monday to allow extended hours.  We confirmed the vote took place, but were informed by the Licking County BOE that the hours were “subject to change.”

Saturday, November 3, 2012: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, November 5, 2012: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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  • pb_dirtgirl

    Both Butler and Licking are GOP counties. This will be more meaningful if the GOP members of boards in Democratic counties would vote to expand hours. Maybe this could be a good crowdsourcing project to ask PB readers to contact their local boards and get a comprehensive list of those open the final weekend?

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