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Lawmaker Says Election Day Holiday Isn't Being Followed

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

There’s a law that’s been on the books that designates part of Election Day as a state holiday, but one Democratic state lawmaker says it’s not being followed.

Democratic Representative Dan Ramos, of Lorain, says the law, which is more than 100 years old, recognizes Election Day from noon to 5:30 p.m. and says most state workers should be allowed to leave for the day. However that’s not happening.

Recent voter reforms that allow voting by mail for everyone, early in person voting makes it more convenient for some but Ramos contends there’s still a need to observe this law.

“We should be making it as easy as possible for people to vote on Election Day, but we shouldn’t be getting rid of an option just because one person may not need it. You don’t know what your neighbor may need or the person down the street may need," Ramos says.

Ramos says some might lack transportation options to take advantage of early vote centers. He says voting on Election Day provides neighborhood precincts for those voters.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.