COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Ohio's elections chief to hold off in enforcing his court's order on disputed early-voting days.
Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) had asked the judge last week to stay his ruling that restores early voting on the final weekend and Monday before the November election while the state appeals the decision.
Husted said he didn't want to confuse voters by setting in-person, early voting hours that a court could later change.
U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus said Wednesday that Husted failed to demonstrate his likelihood of succeeding on appeal and didn't provide sufficiently compelling reasons for granting the stay. He said he also didn't show that there would be enough time after the appeals process to set new hours.