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Secretary of State breaks Board of Elections location tie
HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- There are new developments Friday afternoon in the proposal to move the Hamilton County Board of Elections offices out of downtown.
Local democrats and republicans have been deadlocked on this issue. Late Friday afternoon Ohio's Secretary of State issued a decision which breaks that deadlock but leaves open the possibility of a compromise.
Hamilton County leaders can move the board of elections offices from downtown to Mount Airy but Secretary of State Jon Husted is urging local politicians to work out a compromise on the issue of early voting.
Husted cast the deciding vote Friday afternoon saying board workers need the space the new location provides. Local democrats have been opposed to the move because they say it limits the number of people who can take advantage of early voting.
Many people cast early votes in the past two elections at the downtown offices of the board. In his decision, Husted urged local politicians to come up with a solution to this issue either by settling on another early voting location in the county or by making the Mt. Airy site more accessible to people.
Husted says the two sides should have plenty of time to work out that issue because the move will not take place until after the 2016 presidential race.