Ohio Elections Chief Reverses Ban On Early Voting

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's election chief is taking back an order that prohibited county officials from setting any hours during the final days of in-person, early voting.

The moves comes Friday after a federal judge this week ordered Secretary of State Jon Husted to appear at a court hearing over the swing state's early voting rules.

Attorneys for President Barack Obama's campaign have urged the judge to enforce his ruling that restores early voting for all voters during the three days before Election Day.

The state is appealing the decision.

Husted told local boards of election on Tuesday they were banned from setting hours that a court could later change. But he rescinded that directive on Friday.

Husted also asked the judge Friday to hold off enforcing his ruling while it's appealed.

Husted 9/4 directive on early voting order (pdf)

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