U.S. District Court Orders Ohio Secretary of State to Personally Appear at Court Hearing

On September 5, U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus ordered that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted personally appear in court in Columbus on September 13. This involves the pending lawsuit Obama for America v Husted, 2:12cv-636. The Secretary of State had declined to follow an earlier order by Judge Economus that the state permit early voting during the weekend before the election. The basis for the decision is equal protection, because the state lets members of the military vote on that weekend, although each county is free to allow or disallow such early voting by members of the military.

See this story. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the news.

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