Federal judge hears case on Ohio ballot, ID rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for Ohio’s top election official say he’s committed to keeping in place broad definitions of acceptable forms of voter identification unless the Legislature changes the law.

The comments came Friday before a Columbus federal court judge who’s weighing whether an expiring court agreement from 2010 should be extended. The decree governs provisional ballots and forms of voter ID in the perennial presidential battleground.

Voter advocates want the order extended until at least 2021. They argue the agreement helps prevent local elections boards from applying unequal ID and provisional ballot standards that could leave some voters disenfranchised.

The state’s attorneys said there’s been no evidence showing that a single Ohioan would be denied the right to vote by letting it expire.

A decision is expected in 10 to 14 days.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s