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ACLU, others sue over Ohio's early voting rules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A spokesman for Ohio's elections chief says groups including the American Civil Liberties Union are targeting the wrong state with their federal lawsuit over early voting limits.

The lawsuit filed Thursday against Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) claims that cuts to early voting disproportionally affect black voters, who they say are more likely to use weekend and evening hours.

The ACLU and others are challenging a Husted directive that sets uniform voting hours statewide and are also challenging a law that eliminated days when residents can both register to vote and cast ballot.

Husted spokesman Matt McClellan says opponents should sue states with no early voting hours. He says Husted is being sued for treating all voters equally and for supporting a schedule that gives Ohioans a month to vote.

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