Groups concerned over Ohio absentee ballot order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Voter rights groups in Ohio are raising questions about an order from the state's elections chief that bans local election boards from calling or emailing people about errors on their absentee ballots.

The directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted requires boards to notify voters by mail if their ballots are invalid. Voters would then need to appear at their board during office hours to address any problems. He's also told boards to provide accommodations for the disabled.

Groups including Common Cause Ohio and Project Vote told reporters Tuesday the order causes unnecessary delays and could possibly prevent votes from being counted. They're concerned voters will overlook the notifications.

The groups are encouraging voters to call the boards and ask if there are problems with their absentee ballots.

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