COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge’s demand to come up with a new order regarding provisional ballots is even worse than a previous court demand, Ohio’s election chief has argued in asking an appeals court to reject the judge’s order.
At issue is whether voters or poll workers should record the form of ID used on provisional ballots, such as military ID or a utility bill, when voters don’t bring proper ID.
Judge Algenon Marbley told Secretary of State Jon Husted earlier this week not to reject certain provisional ballots and to come up with a new directive regarding the ballots.
Judge Marbley said Husted’s near-Election Day directive violated a previous court ruling and state law.
Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don’t bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.
Voter advocates had claimed Husted’s directive wrongly shifted the burden of recording the form of ID used on a provisional ballot from poll workers to voters.