Published Tue, May 8, 2012 10:54 am Dateline
Updated Tue, May 8, 2012 12:50 pm
UPDATE: 12:50 PM A bill in Ohio to repeal a contentious new election law in the presidential battleground state is headed to the governor's desk.
The Republican-controlled House passed the measure on a 54-42 vote Tuesday. It's already cleared the GOP-led Senate, and Republican Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign it.
The bill would get rid of an election law passed last summer that reduces early voting opportunities in the state. It would leave in place the old rules governing Ohio elections. The measure also would reaffirm a separate change made last year in a different bill that ends in-person early voting on the weekend before Election Day.
House leaders had delayed voting on the bill to try to strike a compromise with the law's opponents, but none has been reached.
The Ohio House is again slated to take up a contentious measure that repeals a new election law in the presidential battleground state.
The vote had been delayed to give lawmakers time to reach a compromise with opponents of the new law.
A House spokesman says the measure is expected to be voted on Tuesday, without amendments. If it passes, the measure would go to the governor for his signature. The bill was previously approved by the Senate.
The repeal bill would toss out the overhaul law that lawmakers passed last summer and leave in place the old rules governing Ohio elections.
It also would reaffirm a separate change made last year in a different bill that cuts off in-person early voting on the Friday evening before Election Day.