Opponents put Ohio election law on temporary hold

AP News
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 5:25 PM
Opponents put Ohio election law on temporary hold

Ohio's new election law that shortens the state's early-voting period has been placed on temporary hold after opponents submitted more than 300,000 signatures in their effort to get a repeal question on 2012 ballots.

By submitting their petitions Thursday, the opponents have halted the elections law from taking effect on Friday. That means local election officials must operate under the old law, and early voting in the state will start on Tuesday.

State elections officials must verify that roughly 231,000 of the signatures are valid to get a referendum before voters next year. That's the earliest Ohioans could decide whether the elections overhaul should be repealed.

Ohio is one of 32 states that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without an excuse.