Judge temporarily halts federal lawsuit on Ohio young voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted a federal lawsuit over a policy governing Ohio’s youngest voters pending a state court’s review of the issue.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign and several 17-year-old Ohio voters are suing the swing state’s elections chief in Columbus federal court.

A U.S. District Court judge said Friday the court would abstain from a decision in the case until a state court reaches a resolution in a similar lawsuit.

Ohio allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in Tuesday’s primary, with some limits.

At issue is whether the teens can vote in the presidential primary contest.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says Ohio rules don’t permit it. He says 17-year-olds can only nominate candidates, and not “elect” presidential delegates.