Ohio claims in appeal that its early voting schedule tops most states, does not burden voters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio officials say the state's early voting schedule exceeds the time allowed in most states and does not burden voters.

State attorneys laid out their arguments in a court filing Monday night, as Ohio appeals a federal judge's decision that expands early voting in the swing state.

In a Sept. 4 ruling, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered the state's elections chief to set additional times, including evening hours. The order moves the start of early voting to Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7.

Economus also barred Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.

Ohio officials want the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to reverse Economus' decision.

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