What the ruling does not do is to force Husted to restore voting in the evenings and on the other four weekends of the early voting period — popular voting times for working people that Husted eliminated with an August directive. Some 94,749 Ohioans cast ballots on those evenings and weekends in 2008 (see chart), according to research done by Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates. Those voters will have to make other plans for the 2012 election.
While the effort to reinstate in-person voting on the final weekend is important, it is clear that it is only part of the solution. Without further changes, the days and times over 100,000 voters chose to cast ballots in 2008 will continue to be off limits in 2012.
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