Ohio appeals court backs state elections chief

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court is backing Ohio's elections chief in a dispute over who should record voter ID on certain provisional ballots.

The ruling by the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals Friday puts on hold a lower court's order that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) issue a new directive from his office regarding the ballots.

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

Husted complained that a judge's ruling created new rules after the election but before ballots are counted.

The appeals court agreed, saying that changing rules for counting votes after they were cast compromises an interest in fair and orderly elections.

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