An Ohio county judge overturned a directive that allocated only one absentee ballot drop box in each county, ruling Tuesday that it was unreasonable and unnecessary.
The ruling, issued by Franklin County Judge Richard Frye, invalidated the directive issued by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, whose office said that it would appeal if the ruling is invalidated, NBC News reported.
The ruling itself does not change anything. Frye would have to issue an additional order invalidating LaRose’s directive, according to LaRose spokesperson Maggie Sheehan, who said in a statement that “the Secretary’s directive remains in place.”
A record number of voters have turned to absentee voting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making access to ballot drop boxes a pressing issue for voters in states across the country.
Under LaRose’s order, Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland and some surrounding suburbs, would have one ballot drop box for its over 850,000 registered voters, while some voters in rural counties would have sizable commutes to drop off their ballot, according to NBC News.
Restricting each Ohio county to one ballot drop box for the 2020 presidential election is “nonsense,” judge says https://t.co/DQZp0WCHqi
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