BREAKING: Ohio Orders Polls Closed in Tomorrow’s Dem Primary Due to ‘Health Emergency’

On the eve of its Democratic primary, Ohio abruptly postponed the in-person portion of the vote set for Tuesday, March 17, after the state’s public health director, Dr. Amy Acton, issued a “health emergency” related to the coronavirus pandemic.

BREAKING: @OHdeptofhealth director @DrAmyActon orders Ohio polls closed tomorrow “as a health emergency” pic.twitter.com/HY39u87z1q

— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) March 17, 2020

The stunning announcement late on Monday night, roughly eight hours before voting was due to begin, came after a whirlwind series of events, in which Ohio Governor Mike DeWine publicly expressed serious misgivings about in-person voting in the midst of a nationwide social distancing campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeWine, along with Ohio Secretary
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