Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:14 PM EST
By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio to allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.'s ruling Tuesday gives campaigns until July 31 to gather signatures and allows them to be electronic. Sargus didn't reduce the number of signatures needed. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose's spokeswoman says he will appeal. Ohioans for Safe and Secure Elections' proposal aims to make Ohio voting easier. The wage campaign would hike the state minimum wage from $8.70 to $13 over five years.