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Perry calls on Romney to release tax returns

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling on fellow Republican and former rival Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

Mr. Perry said anyone running for office should make public as much personal information as possible to help voters decide.

Mr. Perry has released his tax returns dating to 1992.

Mr. Romney has come under increasing pressure from Democrats and Republicans to release more than the two years of returns he has promised to make public. He has released his 2010 return and has said he’ll release the 2011 when it’s completed later this year.

Mr. Romney has said releasing additional information will only lead to more attacks from President Obama’s campaign.

Mr. Perry challenged Mr. Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. He has endorsed Mr. Romney and recently campaigned for him in Nevada.


Obama team files suit over election rules

COLUMBUS — President Obama’s re-election campaign Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute over the battleground state’s law that restricts early, in-person voting during the three days before Election Day.

The lawsuit filed in Columbus comes after a series of election law changes cleared the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and were signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Mr. Obama’s campaign and Democrats argue that the law unfairly ends early, in-person voting for most Ohioans on the Friday evening before the Tuesday election, while allowing military and overseas voters to cast a ballot in person until Monday.

Before the changes to the law, local boards of election had the discretion to set their own early, in-person voting hours on the days before the election. And in-person voting on the weekend varied among the state’s 88 counties.

The state’s elections chief, Secretary of State Jon Husted, has argued that all counties should have the same early voting hours and be open on the same days. Mr. Husted and his fellow Republicans contend it’s unfair that a voter in one county can cast an early ballot on a day when a voter in a neighboring county cannot.

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