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Voting three days before election will be allowed, but not required
Appeals court rules it will be up to individual county election boards to decide
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
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In a victory for the Obama campaign, a federal appeals court has ruled that Ohioans can vote early, in-person the weekend before the Nov. 6th election -- but only if individual county boards of elections say they can.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled after Ohio had appealed a lower federal court ruling that sided with the Obama campaign.  The campaign had argued that a state law banning most voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election was unconstitutional -- because it exempted military and overseas voters from the ban.

Secretatry of State Jon Husted issued this statement: "On Monday, we will make a determination on how to proceed legally and provide administrative guidance to Ohio’s boards of elections."

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