Ohio’s Election Chief Appeals Early Vote Ruling

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: Ohio Secretary of State's office)
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: Ohio Secretary of State's office)

Ohio’s election chief is appealing a ruling by a federal court that reinstates the final three early voting days in the battleground state.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to make the final decision on whether the state Legislature or federal courts should set Ohio election laws.

Husted called Friday’s decision by a federal appeals court “an unprecedented intrusion” into how states run elections.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated early voting on the three days before Election Day, returning discretion to local boards of elections.

President Barack Obama’s campaign and Democrats had sued Husted and Ohio’s attorney general over part of a law cutting off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.

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