Obama campaign: OH early-voting appeal unjustified

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says Ohio's elections chief has no justification for appealing a federal court's ruling in a dispute over three final days of early voting in the battleground state.

The campaign's statement followed a decision Tuesday by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the state Legislature or federal courts should set Ohio election laws.

Husted called the Friday decision leaving voting hours on those days to counties "an unprecedented intrusion" into how states run elections.

Obama for America's General Counsel Bob Bauer said courts have concluded that polls should be open on the disputed days. He said Husted's office should be devoting its energies of implementing an orderly and effective early voting process.

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