Husted Backs Down On Early Voting Ruling

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Secretary of State Jon Husted has rescinded a ruling he sent to boards of elections earlier this week ordering them not to set hours for early in person voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day. 

A federal court has ordered voting on that weekend but the ruling is being appealed. 

Husted’s spokesman, Matt McClellan, says Husted is now telling boards of elections to ignore his earlier ruling.

McClellan tells Ohio Public Radio the secretary believed his office was taking the initial steps to comply with the order. 

However, the court considered the directive was not in compliance with the order. 

And knowing the court’s feeling on the matter, the secretary willingly repealed the directive today.

McClellan says Husted’s office is asking the court for a stay while the matter is being appealed.