Ohio Officials Seek To Delay Early Voting Decision

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Ohio officials are requesting that a federal judge suspend his order that expands early voting this fall while the state appeals the decision.

Attorneys for the state asked U.S. District Judge Peter Economus to stay his ruling to avoid voter confusion. They say changing election rules so far into the election cycle threatens the fairness of the electoral process.

Last week, Economus blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered the state's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge 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 instead of Oct. 7.

The lawsuit was filed by civil rights groups and others.