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DeWine orders more closures, asks for election delay

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is recommending Tuesday’s primary election be delayed while also issuing an order that fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other locations close today.

DeWine said recommending that people stay inside while continuing to hold in-person voting will “force them to make … a choice between their health and their constitutional duties.” Voting in-person would put both voters and pollworkers at risk, he said.

But DeWine said he does not have the power to delay the election, so state officials are relying on a lawsuit being filed by voters in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the state will not contest the filing but will make recommendations that absentee voting by mail continue until a delayed Election Day of June 2.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said groceries stores will remain open.

Read more in Tuesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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