Hearing set for dispute over Ohio’s youngest primary voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge is set to hear arguments in a dispute over whether the swing state’s youngest voters can have a say in Tuesday’s presidential primary race.

State law allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in the primary.

But a manual for elections officials issued last year by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says 17-year-olds can vote “solely on the nomination of candidates” — and not in the presidential contest “because delegates are elected and not nominated.”

A Washington, D.C.-based voting rights organization is suing Husted on behalf of nine 17-year-old registered voters. A Franklin County judge is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday.

Husted says the law is clear.

Democrat Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign also is suing over the limitations.

 

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