COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says an early voting decision from a federal judge must be appealed.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says the ruling could lead to different rules for voting across the swing state’s 88 counties.
U.S. District Judge Peter Economus on Thursday blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting, ordering Husted to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge barred Husted from preventing boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.
The ruling from comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups and others challenging two early-voting measures.
One is a directive from setting uniform voting times that restricted weekend and evening hours. Another is a law that eliminates so-called “golden week” — when people could both register to vote and cast ballots.