(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge in Ohio has ordered the state's elections chief to appear at a court hearing over the swing state's early voting rules.
Secretary of State Jon Husted had issued a memo Tuesday stating he would not allow in-person absentee voting on the weekend before Election Day, despite a judge's order.
In court filing Wednesday attorneys for President Barack Obama's campaign urged U.S. District Judge Peter Economus to enforce his ruling that restored early voting for all voters during the three days before Election Day.
Economus scheduled a hearing for Thursday, Sept. 13, on the Democrats' motion, and ordered Husted to attend.
In his memo Husted stated he was refusing to set hours for in-person absentee voting on the weekend before Election Day because doing so "will only serve to confuse voters" in the event Economus' order is rejected by an appeals court.
His directive also "strictly prohibits" county boards of elections from allowing early voting in the days before the election.
Husted said early voting will be halted on 6:00 p.m. Friday, as planned.