Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Governor’s Recommendation to Postpone Primary Election Day

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendation that the state postpone in-person voting for the primary election until Tuesday, June 2:

“Dr. Amy Acton and Gov. Mike DeWine shared their conclusion with me that the risk to voters, 35,000 poll workers, volunteers and the broader public through additional spread was too great to conduct in-person voting tomorrow. In deference to their expertise on this critical health crisis, I support that decision regarding in-person voting tomorrow.

“Extending an election is an unprecedented step, so we as a party are weighing alternatives on how to best do so — including the possibility to conduct the primary election entirely by vote-by-mail, as is done in several other states, with a deadline much earlier than June 2. This could better serve the interests of Ohio voters and the primary process that is already well underway, and we will consider offering those alternatives to the court once the case is filed.”