Health Order Postpones Ohio Primary Election


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike DeWine eventually got his wish in postponing Tuesday's primary election in The Buckeye State.

Monday afternoon, DeWine said he would file a lawsuit to have the election postponed until June 2nd, to protect those vulnerable to coronavirus. That suit was rejected by a Franklin County judge late Monday.

DeWine countered with an order from Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, to postpone the election.

A similar directive was also issued late Monday by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who will also seek court action to allow for voting opportunities to be extended.

DeWine and LaRose cited uncertainty from both voters and pollworkers about the spread of coronavirus, with many the elderly making up most of the workforce on Election Day, and that age group also the most vulnerable to the virus.