Ohio bill sets rules for last-minute orders on voting hours

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill headed to Ohio’s governor could make it harder for people to get a court order to keep polling places open longer on Election Day in the presidential battleground state.

The measure sets a new process for state courts to follow when considering whether to grant a last-minute extension of voting hours. Such cases could stem from bad weather, equipment failure or other emergency issues.

People seeking relief from the court would have to pay a cash bond for the polls to remain open. A judge setting that amount must weigh the total cost of keeping polling places open, which could be in the tens of thousands.

Opponents say the bill puts a price tag on the right to vote, but supporters argue it restores order and fairness.

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