Cuyahoga County puts voting rights issue on ballot

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cuyahoga County council has placed a charter amendment on the November ballot that would give the county the right to intervene if officials believe that voting rights have been infringed upon.

The charter amendment was approved Tuesday by an 8-3 vote. Council's three Republicans voted against the measure.

Councilwoman Sunny Simon sponsored the measure and says the amendment will establish voter rights in the county charter.

A pending federal lawsuit seeks to overturn state laws approved in February that reduce early the number of early voting days and eliminates a weeklong period when people can register and cast a ballot on the same day.

Groups also are challenging a directive by Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) that restricts weekend and evening voting hours.