Kasich vetoes bill on court rules for expanded voting hours

Voters line up to enter at the Hanover Market House polling station in the 2nd ward Tuesday morning April 26, 2016 in Hanover, Pa., borough. Pennsylvania voters went to the polls Tuesday with strong views about who should be president. Voters will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP)
Voters line up to enter at the Hanover Market House polling station in the 2nd ward Tuesday morning April 26, 2016 in Hanover, Pa., borough. Pennsylvania voters went to the polls Tuesday with strong views about who should be president. Voters will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor has vetoed a bill that could have made it harder for people to get a court order to keep polling places open longer on Election Day.

The bill would have created a process for state courts to follow when considering whether to grant a last-minute extension of voting hours..

People seeking court relief would have to pay a cash bond to keep the polls open. A judge setting that amount must weigh the total cost of keeping the polling places open, which could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

In his statement, Republican Gov. John Kasich said he agrees with many aspects of the bill. But he said the measure goes too far in prohibiting judges from using their discretion to waive the bond requirement.

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