Judge Orders 3 Early Voting Days Restored In Ohio

Early voters line up at Franklin County voting center near Morse and Karl roads in 2012.(Photo: Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio)
Early voters line up at Franklin County voting center near Morse and Karl roads in 2012.(Photo: Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio)

A federal judge is ordering Ohio’s elections chief to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state.

The order comes in a long-running dispute over the days. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the state’s elections chief over an Ohio law that cuts off in-person early voting for most residents three days prior to Election Day.

The law makes an exception for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas. Democrats claimed that was unequal treatment, and everyone should have the chance to vote on the three days.

A federal judge agreed Wednesday and issued a permanent order calling for Secretary of State Jon Husted to set uniform hours on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.

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