Obama Campaign Wades into Ohio Elections Law Fight

September 27, 2011 - 3:10 AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2011, file photo, Mellissa Brown, right, a volunteer for Organizing for America, shows Barbara Ferret, center, of Westerville, Ohio, where to sign a petition, in a ballot repeal effort by opponents of the Ohio's new elections law, in Columbus, Ohio. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is helping activists in the battleground state of Ohio challenge an election law that would shorten the time for early voting, which helped Obama in his first run for the White House. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is mobilizing his supporters in the battleground state of Ohio to help challenge an election law that would shrink the state's early voting period, which helped him in his first run for the White House.

Obama for America, the state's Democratic Party and others are working to gather roughly 231,000 signatures by Thursday in an effort to block the law from taking effect until after next year's presidential election.

Other GOP-led legislatures in the swing states of Florida and Wisconsin have trimmed early voting periods, though Obama's campaign hasn't sponsored similar activity in those states.

While the stats don't show how much Obama might have benefited from early voting in Ohio, both parties are certain he did. Ohio doesn't track early voters by party.