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Judge rules to extend Hamilton Co. poll hours after problems

(FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines) (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)

A judge ruled to keep Hamilton County polls open until 9 p.m. after Responsible Ohio filed an injunction to extend poll hours due to problems at the polls.

The judge confirmed in court that he had heard rumors of delays and long lines at the polls. He stated that he felt people were turned away. 

""Unpreparedness at the polls is simply unacceptable," stated Responsible Ohio legal counsel Larry James. "Any issues voters are experiencing when casting their ballots and exercising their right to democracy must be rectified. Hamilton County elections officials, and elections officials across this state, must make proper accommodations for voters experiencing difficulties at their polling places." 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has also called for extended voting hours.

“Every vote is important. Delays caused by these issues should not prevent voters for exercising their fundamental rights," said senior policy director Mike Brickner. "We urge the Hamilton County Board of Elections to consider extending voting hours to provide an opportunity to working voters who attempted to cast their ballot earlier today.”

The ACLU of Ohio are not included in the lawsuit, according to officials. 

Dave Stephenson didn't agree with the time change because he felt everyone still had the chance to cast their vote. 

"The board has gone to extreme lengths to make sure everyone has the ability to cast their vote," he stated. "The law doesn't guarantee a perfect process, but it does guarantee that this process is done in a timely manner."

The polls in Ohio closed at 7:30 p.m. except in Hamilton County. The Secretary of State said that results would not be released until all polls in Ohio were closed at 9 p.m.  

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