COLUMBUS, Ohio — A handful of eager voters showed up early Tuesday morning at the Franklin County Board of Elections to cast their ballot in Ohio’s primary election — but when they arrived, they were turned away.
The on-again, off-again primary has left voters in the state confused. On Saturday, the election looked to be on, but at the last minute, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the polls closed as a health emergency.
“I’m kinda not surprised, I thought this would happen because there’s like conflicting news about whether the voting would be suspended at least for now, but I was ready for that scenario to happen. I was hoping it wouldn’t, but that’s fine,” Eric Freeman said.
Most understood, but some were disappointed.
“There’s a lot of fear and people don’t want to get any virus, anything, which is understandable, but it’s important to vote too and that’s why I’m out here today,” said Cheryl Guthrie.
The situation also left some very frustrated.
“I think they should have left it open,” said Lisa Mosley. “They can say there’s only 10 people allowed at a time. There’s spacing 6 feet between each of the, you know, stations to vote. There’s no reason they couldn’t limit it, but to take my right away to vote is ridiculous.”
There remains no clear decision on when Ohioans will be able to place their ballots. For now, they’ll just have to hold off a bit longer.