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Judge restores 3 early voting days in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge in Ohio is giving all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

Judge Peter Economus on Friday issued a preliminary injunction granting the request from President Barack Obama's campaign that targets a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.

The law exempts military personnel and Ohioans living overseas.

Obama's campaign and Democrats are suing the state's elections chief over the legality of the law. They argue that everyone should have a chance to vote on those three days.

Attorneys for the state contend that many laws grant special voting accommodations for military members, and local boards need time to prepare for elections.

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