Yesterday afternoon the Dispatch published comments from Franklin County GOP head, and long-time Kasich ally, Doug Preisse. Preisse stated:
"I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine," said Doug Preisse, chairman of the county Republican Party and elections board member who voted against weekend hours, in an email to The Dispatch. "Let's be fair and reasonable."
He called claims of unfairness by Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern and others "bullshit. Quote me!"
Even in the wake of national press attention, Preisse is standing by his comments.
Over one hundred people gathered outside Secretary of State Jon Husted's office this morning for a protest over voting hours and more are expected this afternoon for a 2 pm rally.