Ohio judge orders absentee ballots for 2 inmates

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A federal judge has ordered a county elections board in Ohio to deliver absentee ballot applications and ballots to two jail inmates named in a lawsuit seeking emergency ballots for Ohioans in police custody through Election Day.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by three voting rights groups on behalf of two Montgomery County Jail inmates. The Campaign Legal Center, MacArthur Justice Center and Demos requested officials statewide be required to notify detainees of their rights to submit absentee ballots.

The lawsuit argues recently jailed inmates are denied their constitutional right to vote because they're in custody with no voting options.

The state delivers ballots to jailed Ohioans, but the deadline for requesting such ballots passed Friday.

There was no answer to calls to Montgomery County's board Tuesday.

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