The Latest: Bill sponsor blasts veto of voting hours bill


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s veto of legislation that creates a process for extending hours at polling places on Election Day (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

The sponsor of a bill that seeks to address last-minute court orders extending voting hours is blasting Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) veto of the measure.

In a Friday statement, state Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) says the governor’s reasons are “both legally and mathematically untenable.”

His bill requires a cash bond for people to get a court order to keep polling places open late on Election Day. A judge setting that amount must weigh the total cost of keeping the polling places open, which could be in the tens of thousands of dollars

Kasich said he agrees with many aspects of the bill, but it goes too far in prohibiting judges from using their discretion to waive the bond requirement.

Seitz says his bill is consistent with an Ohio Supreme Court rule.

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10:41 a.m.

Ohio’s governor has vetoed a bill that could have made it harder for people to get a court order to keep polling places open longer on Election Day.

The bill would have created a process for state courts to follow when considering whether to grant a last-minute extension of voting hours.

People seeking court relief would have to pay a cash bond to keep the polls open. A judge setting that amount must weigh the total cost of keeping the polling places open, which could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

In his statement, Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) said he agrees with many aspects of the bill. But he said the measure goes too far in prohibiting judges from using their discretion to waive the bond requirement.

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