Ohio Early Voting Law Could Be Subject of Legal Battle

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Columbus, Ohio (AP) Ohio is considered a must-win state for both Barack Obama and John McCain. And the high point of the presidential campaign in the state could come a month before Election Day.

Ohio has created a window in the election calendar, from September 30th to October 6th, that allows residents to both register one minute and vote the next.

The voting window, so far, is only being implemented in some counties -- typically they are urban areas or those with college campuses. The move figures to benefit Obama and leading Republicans are crying foul. They're considering a lawsuit if it isn't applied all over the state.

Allowing voters to cast their ballots weeks before Election Day is a growing trend. More than a dozen states permit early voting, and more than two dozen provide an absentee ballot to any registered voter for any reason. The battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico allow voters both options.

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