COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says voters improperly removed from the state’s registration list could cast provisional ballots in the presidential election, if a court allows it.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) made the suggestion in a court filing Thursday. He’s asked a judge to provide a remedy in a case that challenged Ohio’s process for maintaining its voter rolls.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati had found that Ohio’s procedure violates federal law. It returned the case to a lower court to decide a solution for the affected voters.
Husted says, in the interest of resolving the case, the court could allow voters removed in 2015 to cast a provisional ballot in elections through January 2019. He proposed a directive to elections officials outlining safeguards.