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15 states back Ohio in early voting case

4:21 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fifteen states have announced their support for Ohio's elections chief in a dispute over early voting in the presidential battleground being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has appealed a lower court ruling that reinstates early voting on the three days before Election Day and returns discretion to local boards of elections.

The Republican also has asked the Supreme Court to delay the lower court's decision while it decides whether to take the case.

Attorneys general for 15 states including Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas asked the Supreme Court Friday to side with Husted.

President Barack Obama's campaign, which sued Husted, was expected to file its response with the Supreme Court Friday evening.

In addition to the attorneys general, a group of military advocacy organizations joined Ohio in the appeal this evening.

They continue to argue that when states adopt special accommodations to help military voters participate in elections, it does not constitute an equal protection violation as the Obama plaintiffs have argued.

Military intervenors include the National Guard Association of the United States, Association of the U.S. Army, Association of the U.S. Navy, the Marine Corps League, the Military Officers Association of America, the Reserve Officers Association, the National Association for Uniformed Services, the Non Commissioned Officers Association of the USA, the Army Reserve Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Special Forces Association, U.S. Army Ranger Association, Inc., AMVETS, the National Defense Committee and the Military Order of the World Wars.

The Associated Press

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