Husted’s ruling to level the playing field was important because it gave all voters in Ohio equal access to the polls. OH-16, redrawn in redistricting, is an example of how a single district can be affected by the disparate voting hours. Incumbents Jim Renacci (R-OH) and Betty Sutton (D-OH) are pitted against each other in a new district that includes rural Wayne County and parts of urban Cuyahoga County, with a heavy union presence. In past elections, SEIU and other groups have taken part in Cuyahoga County GOTV efforts (including free lunch buffets) to bus people to the polls the Sunday before the election. Wayne County has never offered Sunday hours for voting. Clearly, disparate hours within this congressional district favor the Democrat.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he would file an appeal today. The Obama campaign ordered up some chaos, and now Ohio has a mess on its hands.