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Ohio Dems Propose Early Voting Plan After Ruling

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Juliet Fromholt
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WYSO

Democrats in the Ohio Senate say local boards of elections should have the flexibility to set their own early voting schedules following a federal court decision.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus temporarily blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered the swing state's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge also barred Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.

Under the decision, early voting would start Sept. 30. The state is appealing the ruling.

Democratic senators said Tuesday they will introduce a bill that establishes minimum hours for early voting while giving local boards the chance to set times.

Husted has pushed for a uniform voting schedule across counties.