Ohio Seeks Expedited Appeal In Early Voting Case

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Ohio officials are seeking speedy work from a federal appeals court as they try to reverse a judge's order that affects the state's early voting schedule this fall.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered the state's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. Economus also barred Secretary of State Jon Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.
Under the judge's order, early voting would begin Sept. 30.
Attorneys for the state asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Monday to expedite their appeal. Husted has said the decision could lead to different voting rules across counties.
The lawsuit was filed by civil rights groups and others.