Ohio Court Denies Suit Seeking Delay of Tuesday Primary

(Bloomberg) -- An Ohio judge denied a request from Governor Mike DeWine to delay voting in Tuesday’s presidential primary and extend balloting until June 2 in response to the coronavirus threat.

It was not clear whether there would be an appeal with polls set to open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye issued the ruling Monday on a lawsuit filed by two Ohio voters over age 65 who said they faced the choice between risking contracting the virus and not exercising their right to vote.

DeWine said circumstances required a postponement of in-person voting to avoid disenfranchising older residents and others vulnerable to the virus as well as potentially exposing poll workers.

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