Ohio elections chief appeals judge's ballot order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief says a federal judge's demand to come up with a new order regarding provisional ballots is even worse than a previous court demand.

Lawyers for Secretary of State Jon Husted have complained to a federal appeals court that the judge changed rules for provisional ballots after the election but before the ballots are counted beginning this weekend.

Husted's office asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to reverse the decision by federal judge Algenon Marbley.

At issue is whether voters or poll workers should record the form of ID used on provisional ballots, such as a utility bill, when voters don't bring proper ID.

Marbley said earlier this week that Husted's near-Election Day directive on such ballots violated a previous court ruling and state law.

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