COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fifteen states have announced their support for Ohio's elections chief in a dispute over early voting in the presidential battleground being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Secretary of State Jon Husted has appealed a lower court ruling that reinstates early voting on the three days before Election Day and returns discretion to local boards of elections. The Republican also has asked the Supreme Court to delay the lower court's decision while it decides whether to take the case.
Attorneys general for 15 states including Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas asked the Supreme Court Friday to side with Husted.
President Barack Obama's campaign, which sued Husted, was expected to file its response with the Supreme Court Friday evening.
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A popular president can help his party's candidates for Congress and governor candidates in mid-term elections. But Democrats increasingly worry they could suffer losses, much as they did in 2010, Obama's first mid-term elections.
Republicans and Democrats in Ohio's capital city are launching a joint effort to explore landing a national political convention for Columbus in 2016.