COLUMBUS, Ohio - Democratic county commissioners in northeast Ohio have extended a building's operating hours to urge election officials to permit early voting on weekends.
Commissioners in Mahoning County adopted a resolution Tuesday setting weekend hours for the county building that houses the board of elections. The resolution states that with the Saturday and Sunday building hours, the board can allow early voting in October.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has ordered election boards in Ohio's 88 counties to have the same hours on weekdays and have no hours on weekends.
The county's board has already agreed to follow Husted's directed hours. And board chairman Mark Munroe, a Republican, says the building's availability has never been an issue.
The head commissioner says he hopes the board will reconsider the early-voting hours.
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