President Barack Obama's re-election campaign joined both the Ohio Democratic Party and the Democratic National Commitee in filing a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State John Husted over his decision to disallow early voting in the three days leading up to Election Day.
The lawsuit was filed in Columbus, Ohio, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Just last week Husted cast his tie-breaking vote for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on whether or not people would be allowed to vote early on the weekend before Election Day. Husted had said in the past that he would send all registered Ohio voters an absentee ballot application prior to the election in an effort to reduce the days of in-person early voting at county board of elections offices.
An analysis of the 2008 presidential election by the Daily News, which examined precinct level voting in five counties showed that Democratic voters were far more likely than Republicans to come out to the boards of elections offices and vote early, especially in urban counties. The analysis also showed that the more a precinct went for Obama, the more early in-office votes were cast.