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Appeals Court Declines To Delay Ohio Voting Order

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A federal appeals court has declined to suspend a judge's order expanding early voting in Ohio this fall while the state seeks to reverse the ruling. 

Attorneys for the state had asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to delay the judge's order while officials appeal the Sept. 4 decision. In denying the request, the appeals court said Friday the state failed to demonstrate that circumstances warrant a stay. Last week, federal district judge Peter Economus blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered Ohio's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. Early voting would begin Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7. Economus also barred Secretary of State Jon Hustedfrom preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.

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