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Early voting debate continues in Ohio

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The battle continues over whether to allow Ohioans to cast ballots the weekend before Election Day.

Last week the 6th Circuit Court of Ohio ruled to allow in-person early voting the three days before the election. That means some polling places will be open over the weekend. But now Secretary of State Jon Husted has filed an appeal hoping to overturn the Circuit Court's decision.

"It makes no sense to deny voters access to the polls for the three days leading up to the election," said Mayor Mark Mallory.

On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Eric H. Kearney filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to deny Secretary Husted's appeal.

"We are challenging that Secretary of State Husted is trying to limit the access to the ballot, limit people's right to vote and we won't stand for it," said Kearney.

On the flip side, Chairman of the Hamilton County GOP Alex Triantafilou says voters have 225 hours of early voting in Ohio, which is plenty.

"What we want to do is have a reasonable period of time for our board of elections to get ready for election day," said Triantafilou. "With all the early voting that is available the options available to people, it is unnecessary to have this final weekend. They know it but they're playing politics with it."

As of right now, voters will be able to vote the three days before the election on Nov. 6.

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