The Latest: Ohio elections chief decries young-voter ruling


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit seeking to let 17-year-olds vote in the swing state’s presidential primary (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Ohio’s elections chief is decrying a judge’s decision to grant a request to let 17-year-olds vote in the swing state’s presidential primary.

Ohio lets 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in Tuesday’s primary, with some limits. They can’t vote on ballot issues but can decide on congressional, legislative and mayoral contenders.

Whether the teens can vote in the presidential primary race had been under dispute and the focus of a lawsuit by nine teen voters. A Franklin County judge on Friday granted their request to block Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO-steds) instructions forbidding them from voting in the presidential primaries.

Husted says a county court shouldn’t have the power to change election law so close to a primary.

He says he will appeal.

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5:05 p.m.

An Ohio judge has granted a request to let 17-year-olds vote in the swing state’s presidential primary.

Ohio allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in Tuesday’s primary, with some limits. For instance, they can’t vote on ballot issues, but can decide on congressional, legislative and mayoral contenders.

Whether the teens can vote in the presidential primary race had been under dispute.

The state’s Republican elections chief had said Ohio rules don’t permit it. He says the 17-year-olds can only nominate candidates, and not “elect” delegates to a presidential nominating convention.

Nine teen voters had sued over Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO’-steds) interpretation.

On Friday, a Franklin County judge granted the teens’ request to block Husted’s instructions that forbid the 17-year-olds from voting in the presidential primary.

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3:05 p.m.

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.