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Federal judge restores early voting days in Ohio

Sheenae Westmoreland drops her ballot into the box after voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Cleveland. Early voting began Tuesday in Ohio's March 6 presidential primary. Early in-person voting is set to continue until March 2, the Friday before the election.
Sheenae Westmoreland drops her ballot into the box after voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Cleveland. Early voting began Tuesday in Ohio's March 6 presidential primary. Early in-person voting is set to continue until March 2, the Friday before the election.AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Another victory for democracy!

On Wednesday, a federal judge said he'd issue a permanent injunction against provisions in that state's new election law that restricted third-party voter registration drives.

Then today, a federal judge in Ohio issued a preliminary injunction in the case involving state law that cuts off early voting on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election, except for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus concluded that the law was unconstitutional in changing the in-person early voting deadline and that the state was wrongly valuing certain votes above others.

Attorney General Mike DeWine quickly announced he would appeal the decision.  

Voter suppression is a very important issue for Ed and he will dive into today's decision tonight at 8pET on MSNBC with state Sen. Nina Turner (D-OH).