Ohio to pay $2.6M in fees as part of provisional ballot case


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has agreed to pay more than $2.6 million in attorneys’ fees and costs associated with a long-running dispute over provisional ballot procedures.

A federal judge in Columbus said in a Wednesday court order the state and plaintiffs had agreed on the amount, which covers time spent in 2012 and 2013. Among other issues, the litigation related to Ohio’s treatment of ballots cast in the right polling place but the wrong precinct. Some polling locations in Ohio contain multiple precincts.

The order doesn’t cover issues litigated in 2014 and beyond. Plaintiffs also have challenged laws they say disenfranchise voters who make trivial errors or omissions on ballot forms and have their ballots rejected.

The lawsuit dates to 2006 and was initially brought by advocates for the homeless.

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