COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says he will follow a federal judge’s order that calls on him to set early voting hours on the three days before elections.
The order came Wednesday in a long-running dispute over the days. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) over a state 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. The federal judge agreed.
Husted’s statement in response doesn’t reference new hours. His fall election voting schedule only includes Saturday hours before Election Day.