Columbus Dispatch: Three days of voting to be restored before Election Day, federal court rules

Washington, DC-- U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus has just issued an order to restore the Early Voting period in the three days prior to Election Day in Ohio.

"A federal judge has ruled that Ohioans can vote in the three days leading up to an election.

"The ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus of Columbus appears to be a setback for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who made the ruling on hours and days of voting. Other courts have ruled against Husted decisions which Democrats charge are restrictions on voting.

"In granting a permanent injunction, Economus ordered Husted to "set uniform and suitable in-person early voting hours for the three days preceding all future elections.” The court declined to set specific hours."

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said in a statement, “All along, we believed the actions of the Republican-controlled legislature, secretary of state Husted and Gov. (John) Kasich were unconstitutional; and yet again, a federal judge has agreed.”



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