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Ohio Democratic Party Drops Primary Election Postponement Lawsuit

A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
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A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed primary Election Day, which was called off due to the coronavirus.

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper says the lawsuit sought to make sure Ohioans who didn’t get to cast ballots on Election Day got the chance to vote by mail.

State lawmakers this week approved a bill extending absentee voting for the primary election to April 28 and making it mail-in only.

The Democrats didn't want the primary to be extended to June 2 with in-person voting, as proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

“I’m glad it’s not going to be an in-person election on June 2, which I think would have been very chaotic," Pepper says.

Pepper says there’s no guarantee that coronavirus would be under control by that date. While lawmakers gave Pepper most of what he wanted, he says he wishes they would have put in a provision to pay for postage for forms to request those absentee ballots.

Voters can request absentee ballots at the Secretary of State's website or by calling their local board of elections.