Ohio elections chief reverses ban on early voting

NEWARK, OH - NOVEMBER 3: Four Licking County voters fill out their ballots at the end of a two-and-a-half hour wait to vote November 3, 2008 in downtown Newark, Ohio. Early voting sites across Ohio, a crucial swing state, have been swamped with voters. Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

(AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's election chief is taking back an order that prohibited county officials from setting any hours during the final days of in-person, early voting.

The moves comes Friday after a federal judge this week ordered Secretary of State Jon Husted to appear at a court hearing over the swing state's early voting rules.

Attorneys for President Barack Obama's campaign have urged the judge to enforce his ruling that restores early voting for all voters during the three days before Election Day.

The state is appealing the decision.

Husted told local boards of election on Tuesday they were banned from setting hours that a court could later change. But he rescinded that directive on Friday.

Husted also asked the judge Friday to hold off enforcing his ruling while it's appealed.

Husted 9/4 directive on early voting order (pdf)

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