Time to vote...not on the weekends

Early voting hours set across the board

If you are among the many Ohioans who participate in early voting, you might want to check the times when you can.

Statehouse Democrats today accused Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and his Republican colleagues of trying to use early voting times to keep urban voters from having equal access to the polling process.

Democrats in the Ohio House say new early voting hours in Ohio create disparity, not uniformity, among counties with different populations.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered election boards in all of Ohio's 88 counties to have the same hours on weekdays and have no hours on weekends.

House Minority Leader Armond Budish said Wednesday that it's unfair to force counties with hundreds of thousands of voters to hold the same hours as those with tens of thousands. He and other Democrats want Husted to permit weekend voting and allow counties to choose to opt out of it.

Husted says the rules are set and won't change. He said in a statement that with absentee ballots, Ohioans have more access this year than before.

Do you take advantage of early voting? If you do, do you find it more convenient than going to the polls on election day?

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)