Ohio elections chief reinstates officials, for now

1:11 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted  is temporarily lifting his suspension of two Democratic county election officials who voted to extend early voting hours in the general election beyond the uniform, statewide hours the Republican set.

In a Thursday letter, the state's elections chief says he's reinstating the pair while awaiting a hearing officer's report about whether they should be removed from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Husted says the reinstatements are needed for the Dayton-area board to continue its work and meet upcoming statutory deadlines.

Thomas Ritchie Sr. and Dennis Lieberman had been suspended since Friday.

The situation is among several flare-ups over when Ohioans can cast early ballots in person in the presidential battleground state. The issue has essentially broken down along political party lines.

The Associated Press

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