COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Democrats are calling uniform early voting hours "voter suppression" and are calling for changes to be made before the November election.
"Uniformity for government does not produce uniform results for voters," said Sen. Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat who is running for Secretary of State.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted set early voting hours for 29 days before Election Day. Polls will be open at county voting centers from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays prior to the election. Unlike in past elections, polls won't be open on evenings on Sunday.
"These hours will make it harder for working Ohioans to vote early. These hours unnecessarily prevent local elections officials from meeting the needs of their voters," said Turner.
Turner argues that larger counties need more time to have polls open than smaller counties to ensure everyone is able to vote. She thinks this new directive is no accident. Most affected, Turner claims, are low-income and minority voters.
"It is his (Husted) majority that is doing everything in their power to suppress, regress, and oppress access to the ballot box and he just sealed it with this directive," she said.
State Rep. Alicia Reece, president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, calls is a "war on voting." She says voters are tired of having the same fight year after year over voting rules.
"Every time we're worrying about is early voting going to happen or is it not going to happen? Is it going to be Sunday or is it not going to be Sunday? We have to go to court and file this claim and that claim," she said.
Turner says they don't want to have to take the issue to court because it's expensive and time consuming, but hinted that is something they could be exploring unless changes are made.
Husted says the directive he made was a proposal from the Ohio Association of Elections Officials, a group made up of bi-partisan elections boards from all 88 counties.