COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- GOP lawmakers want the Ohio Supreme Court to order the state elections chief to follow existing state law when it comes to explaining when provisional ballots can be counted.
Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus and No. 2 House Republican Lou Blessing say a federal decree requiring ballots be accepted as long as a voter has the last four digits of his or her social security number as identification conflicts with state law.
The Republican legislators say Secretary of State Jon Husted is violating the Ohio Constitution by ordering county election boards to follow the decree, parts of which are contrary to an Ohio elections law passed in 2006.
That law is more restrictive when it comes to the counting of provisional ballots.