Early Voting Lawsuits Cost Ohio $85,000

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has hired outside counsel to help him sort through the many lawsuits over his early voting restrictions, which has thus far cost the state $85,000 in legal fees. Husted is currently juggling his pending appeal to limit voting on the last weekend before Election Day to military families only, a wrongful termination suit from two election officials who were fired for supporting early voting, and a suit brought by his predecessor, Jennifer Brunner, to restore weekend voting. Husted’s lawyer, William Consovoy, is also defending Florida in its plan to cut voting hours and previously pushed a failed challenge to Voting Rights Act.