Ohio official ordered to court for foot dragging on early voting

Jon Husted to the principal's office

Topics: 2012 Elections, Barack Obama, Jon Husted, Ohio, Republicans, ,

A federal judge has ordered Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State to appear in court after he refused to comply with the judge’s mandate that the state allow early voting.

Judge Peter Economus set a hearing for September 13, and in his order wrote that “The Court ORDERS that Defendant Secretary of State Jon Husted personally attend the hearing.”

Earlier this week, Husted wrote to the state Board of Elections that the expanded hours would “only serve to confuse voters” and he refused to comply with them.

The court restored in-person early voting after Husted restricted the hours that voters could go to the polling booths.

 

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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