Ohio Supreme Court Backs Health Director Decision To Close Election Polls

(24/7 News) -- In-person voting for Ohio's primary election is being postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The decision was made Monday night by Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton, who used her emergency powers to close all polling locations to contain the spread of infectious disease. 

The decision was made, despite a Franklin County judge's refusal to shut down the election after two voters over the age of 65 filed a lawsuit to delay voting since they are in an at-risk group associated with the virus. Franklin County Judge Richard Frye declined to halt the election on the grounds he could not overturn the wishes of the state legislature.

Early Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court denied a legal challenge to the state delaying the primary. A candidate in Wood County filed the action alleging the delay of the primary violated election laws. Only four justices participated in the ruling, which was made without an opinion.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he will work with the courts to find a way to extend voting options.

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