May 25, 2016

A SPOKESMAN FOR OHIO'S ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THE STATE WILL APPEAL A JUDGE'S RULING THAT A LAW TRIMMING EARLY VOTING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL


A SPOKESMAN FOR OHIO'S ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THE STATE WILL APPEAL A JUDGE'S RULING THAT A LAW TRIMMING EARLY VOTING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  AT ISSUE IN THE CASE IS A SERIES OF REPUBLICAN-BACKED VOTING CHANGES THAT INCLUDED THE ELIMINATION OF A WEEK OF EARLY VOTING. DURING THE SO-CALLED GOLDEN WEEK, OHIOANS COULD REGISTER TO VOTE AND CAST A BALLOT. THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS AMONG THE PLAINTIFFS WHO SUED REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE JON HUSTED (HYOO'-STED) OVER THE CHANGES. DEMOCRATS CLAIMED THE EARLY-VOTING CUT DISPROPORTIONATELY BURDENED BLACK VOTERS. YESTERDAY, , A FEDERAL JUDGE SIDED WITH DEMOCRATS ON THAT CLAIM BUT RULED IN THE STATE'S FAVOR ON OTHER CHALLENGED POLICIES IN THE CASE. A SPOKESMAN FOR OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE SAYS THE GOLDEN-WEEK RULING WILL BE APPEALED

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