Judge rejects provisional ballot argument

Jul 10, 2012

A federal district judge has rejected an argument by the Secretary of State that an agreement over the handling of provisional ballots should come to an end. At issue are requirements for providing identification when a voter has to cast a provisional ballot. Jon Husted argued in May the two-year-old agreement settling a lawsuit over provisional ballots includes rules that run counter to Ohio elections law. Husted says because judge Algenon Marbley has not found Ohio's provisional ballot rules unconstitutional, he lacks jurisdiction to enforce the agreement. Marbley has rejected that argument.