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Tracie Hunter can vote, judge rules

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 16:46:31-04

CINCINNATI -- Tracie Hunter will be allowed to vote.

Hunter, who was suspended from her role as a juvenile court judge, had been removed from the list of registered voters because she was convicted of judicial misconduct, a felony.

She filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, state Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Hamilton County Board of Elections last month, seeking to have her right to register to vote restored.

Hunter won her case in court Thursday. A federal judge ruled that because Hunter is not currently in jail, she may vote.

Hunter's six-month sentence was scheduled to begin in May. However, a federal judge stayed the sentence after her attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus. Hunter will remain free during the proceedings.