Federal judge upholds early voting in Ohio county

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A federal court has ruled that an Ohio county must allow new voters to register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day during a weeklong period beginning Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James Gwin in Cleveland ruled Monday that Madison County must comply with a directive from Ohio's top elections official.

Both Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign and the Republican National Committee have urged supporters in Ohio to use the early voting. But there are Republican-backed lawsuits against it.

The state GOP has filed a statewide challenge in federal court, and two GOP-backed voters filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court. Both argue Ohio law requires voters be registered for at least 30 days before they casting an absentee ballot.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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