Ohio appeals federal ruling over early voting in swing state

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are appealing a ruling by a federal judge that a law trimming early voting in the state is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced.

The challenged law eliminated of a week of early voting in which Ohioans could also register to vote — a period known as golden week.

The Ohio Democratic Party and others sued the state’s elections chief over the law and a series of Republican-backed voting changes. The plaintiffs claimed the change disproportionately burdened black voters.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson sided with Democrats on their golden-week claim, ruling that the cut violates the Voting Rights Act and voters’ equal protection rights

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) said Thursday he’s appealing that decision.

Husted says golden week was an administrative problem for elections officials.