BOE Director Diane Noonan added they posted the cancellation on all forms of social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. She said with events unfolding by the hour yesterday they stayed in contact with the county prosecutor’s office throughout the day.
“We stayed at full steam ahead until we found out the health director pulled the plug,” Noonan said.
Butler County poll location supervisors were ordered to work early this morning to collect voting equipment and post signs that the election has been postponed due to coronavirus.
Poll supervisors were ordered to report to polling locations and the Board of Elections offices at 5:30 a.m. after the primary election was postponed by an order of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton last night.
The state took extraordinary action late Monday to halt in-person voting for the March 17 primary by issuing a public health order shutting down more than 3,600 polling locations.
Acton was to sign an order late Monday after a Franklin County judge denied a request by two voters to delay the election to June 2 but continue absentee voting by mail.
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Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Monday afternoon that they believed the evolving coronavirus outbreak would put voters and poll workers over 65 and those with health issues at risk of being exposed to the virus.
DeWine said it presented an unacceptable health risk.
“While the polls will be closed (Tuesday), Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity,” DeWine said in a written statement.