Ohio Department of Health Is Canceling Tuesday's Primary

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Posted: Mar 16, 2020 10:47 PM
Ohio Department of Health Is Canceling Tuesday's Primary

Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said late Monday night that his state will be postponing its presidential primaries that were slated for Tuesday due to concerns over the Wuhan coronavirus. Ohio's Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, will declare a health emergency, forcing the polls to stay closed. A new date has yet to be scheduled.

The announcement was made after Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye declined to reschedule the primary. According to Frye, it would set a “terrible precedent” for a judge to make that kind of call hours before an election was set to begin, The Hill reported.

Both DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose cited concerns over the potential spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

"We cannot conduct this election tomorrow, the in-person voting for 13 hours tomorrow, and conform to these guidelines," DeWine said. "We should not force them to make this choice, the choice between their health and their constitutional rights and duties."

After Judge Frye's decision was announced, DeWine took to Twitter to voice his disdain. 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information comes in.