Questions Remain About Ohio’s 2012 Primary

by Kelly Choate on September 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

The date of Ohio’s 2012 primary is still up in the air, and it probably won’t be decided for another few weeks.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said the primary could be moved from May to March.  He said the reason for the switch is so Ohio voters don’t get left out of the presidential nominating process, but there’s an obstacle in the way.

"We can’t, with the redesigning of all the districts, have new districts drawn, and then have the voting machines all reconfigured to account for the new district lines in time to run a March primary if those lines are not drawn in the next couple of weeks," said Husted.

Husted said there’s another change in the works – a new law that makes voting easier for deployed military personnel.

"We will send the ballot to them 45 days in advance," said Husted.  "Even if you’re serving in the mountains of Afghanistan, we’ll send it to you electronically, you can print it, mark your ballot, and then send it back regular mail or fax it back."

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