- 21, 000 voters affected in Franklin County
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has announced the relocation of 125 polling stations currently located at senior residential facilities for the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 elections, describing it as proactive measure due to the global Coronavirus outbreak.
“What we are doing is proactive measure. Next Tuesday we are going to have election in Ohio State that is going to be safe for everyone involved. The voice of every Ohioan will be heard,” Secretary Frank LaRose said.
He said that, “Ohioans should take advantage of voting from home by going to https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/.
Secretary LaRose said the current situation “ is a serious matter. It doesn’t mean we can’t hold our elections. This is about facts and not fear. This is a kind of situation that tends to breed rumor. People deserve to know the dangers and the opportunity to still vote.”
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said, “It is important that we vote. This is a time of really an unprecedented disruption to our society. This is a time when we can all also pull together and do the kind of thing to help out.”
“We are going to make sure that the polling; places are safe for you. Try to vote early if you can. We don’t know whether situation will change over the days that come. Take advantage of that if that is really a great way to participate. “
Franklin County Board of Elections Director Edward Leonard said, “we have approximately 21,000 voters that are affected by this in the Franklin County. We will be mailing each of those voter’s postcards letters letting them know where their new voting location is.”
“We are going to have materials available in each of the location such as signages directing voters to the new locations. We have taken precautionary measures. We are working with the Secretary of State and the Department of Health. Exercise common sense hygiene precautions. It is safe for our poll workers to come out on that day.”