Homeless advocates appeal judgment on Ohio ballot rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party are appealing a federal court ruling that upheld rules for handling thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in the presidential battleground state.

In Tuesday’s filing, the parties seek to have all 15 judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati weigh in on their long-running dispute with Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) over voting-law changes enacted in 2014.

The appeal follows the Sept. 13 decision of a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit that blocked a piece of the law requiring precise completion of thousands of absentee ballots, but upheld other challenged provisions as legal and not unduly burdensome.

That reversed a lower court that ruled the procedures unconstitutional and blocked Husted from enforcement.