Ohio Voting Restrictions
New restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2016: Cut early voting and changed absentee and provisional ballot rules.
Background: In 2014, lawmakers cut six days of early voting — eliminating “Golden Week,” during which voters could register and cast a ballot all in one trip — and changed absentee and provisional ballot rules.
In 2014, Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) also issued a directive reducing early voting on weekday evenings and weekends. In 2015, state officials and voting rights advocates settled a separate ongoing lawsuit over the early voting hours, which restored one day of Sunday voting and added early voting hours on weekday evenings. The settlement is in place through 2018.
A Republican-controlled state legislature passed the series of voting restrictions, which were signed by a GOP governor.