Governor Mike DeWine made this announcement tonight: “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. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”
A Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge has rejected a proposal to delay the Ohio primary election amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
In-person voting will still be held Tuesday, March 17 as of now. Anyone who has not yet voted early or absentee can vote in-person at their polling location from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The primary election will go on as planned unless an appeals court overturns the decision by the Franklin County judge.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a press conference Monday that he had recommended the state postpone its primary election until June. He said his office does not have the power to unilaterally change the voting date, but the governor outlined a process involving the courts that can allow for this change.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.