COLUMBUS, Oh. - COLUMBUS, Ohio – A judge on Friday granted a request to let 17-year-olds vote in the swing state's presidential primary just days before the election.
Ohio allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in Tuesday's primary, with some exceptions. Young Ohio voters can decide on congressional, legislative and mayoral contenders, but they can't vote on ballot issues or candidates for a political party's governing body.
Whether the teens can vote in the presidential primary race had been under dispute in the perennial battleground state. The state's Republican elections chief, Secretary of State Jon Husted, had said Ohio's rules and constitution didn't permit it.
On Friday, after the judge's ruling, Husted said, "This last minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop." He vowed to appeal.