Federal judge rules Ohio must extend 3 early-voting days to all, not just military

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September 1, 2012

By Associated Press, FOXNews.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a request from President Barack Obama’s campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus issued a preliminary injunction in the case involving state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election. The law makes an exception for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas.

Economus concluded that the law was unconstitutional in changing the in-person early voting deadline and that the state was wrongly valuing certain votes above others.

Attorney General Mike DeWine quickly announced he would appeal the decision.

The judge’s ruling said he expects Ohio’s elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, to direct all county elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days “in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio’s election process is `uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.”‘

A spokesman said Husted’s office was reviewing the decision and declined to comment further. A message left with the Obama campaign in Ohio was not immediately returned.

Obama’s campaign and Democrats sued Husted and DeWine over the legality of the law. They argued everyone should have the chance to vote on those three days before the election.

To read more, visit:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/31/federal-judge-restores-3-early-voting-days-in-ohio/

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