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US Election Updates - August 29, 2012

Ohio Democrats fired for trying to extend early voting

Two Democratic officials in Ohio, a key battleground state in the November 6 presidential election, have been fired for trying to extend early voting to weekends in spite of a state ban.

Earlier this month, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, issued a directive that the hours for early in-person voting would have be consistent across the state.

Voters will be able to cast absentee ballots from 8am to 5pm on weekdays for the first three weeks of early voting beginning October 2 and until 7pm on weekdays for the final two weeks before the election.

But two Democrats on the Montgomery County elections board voted to allow weekend voting after Husted's directive was issued.

Their votes were countered by two Republican board members and the plan did not progress further.

After reviewing a report from an August 20 hearing on the case, Husted decided to fire the Democrats.

Democrats argue that Husted's order to make absentee balloting consistent did not prohibit additional weekend hours and plan to appeal the decision.