Conflicting court rulings put Ohio’s voting rules in limbo


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Conflicting court rulings on ballot procedures in Ohio have put the swing state’s voting rules in legal limbo ahead of the presidential election.

Under two laws that passed in 2014, voters must accurately provide their names, addresses, birthdates, signatures and forms of ID when casting absentee or provisional ballots, otherwise they risk their votes not being counted.

The laws also cut the time for voters to fix any problems.

One federal judge has upheld those laws while another has ruled them unconstitutional.

Linda and Gunther Lahm’s votes were thrown out during the 2014 election because of birthdate mistakes on their absentee ballot forms. The Columbus couple says they weren’t aware of the issue until contacted as part of a lawsuit. Now they say they won’t vote absentee by mail again.

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