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State Asks For Stay In Early Voting Case

State officials want a federal court to stay a recent decision reinstating early voting in Ohio.

The Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Attorney General have asked a federal court to stay an order to reinstate early voting days in Ohio.

Last week, Judge Michael Watson ruled that the Republican-dominated legislature violated Ohioans' voting rights when it struck down the so-called 'Golden Week'. That's a week in which eligible voters can register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day.

Judge Watson said the action violated both the U. S. Constitution and the 1965 Voting Right Act.

Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine want the court to postpone the implementation of that order while they appeal the decision to the Federal Appeals Court.

At the least, Husted and DeWine say the court should stay the decision for the upcoming August 2nd special election in Columbus.