Updated: Oct 2, 2012 6:40 AM
Ohio's top election official is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit involving two Democratic elections officials who claim they were unjustly fired by him.
Republican Jon Husted fired the two members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections in late August, saying they violated his order setting uniform early voting hours in the state.
Ex-board members Dennis Lieberman and Thomas Ritchie Sr. say Husted wrongfully terminated them after they voted to allow early voting on weekends.
Husted on Monday asked a federal judge in Dayton to dismiss the case, saying the terminations is a matter for state law, not federal.
The Democrats are seeking reinstatement, arguing the county needs their roughly 28 years of combined experience to ensure a smooth election.
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