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Nine Ohio teens suing for right to vote in presidential primary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nine teens in Ohio are suing for the right to vote in next Tuesday's Presidential primary.

An Ohio judge will hear their arguments today.

The teens, who are all 17, say state law allows 17-year-olds to vote if they will be 18 for the general election in November. They allege that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted modified the state's election manual to say that 17-year-olds cannot vote for delegates in a primary.

The teens say Husted's interpretation violates state law.

"It's my first one that I'm allowed to and there's a lot of issues going on," said 17-year-old Maxwell Gatti, one of the plaintiffs. 

"This is the way it's been," said Secretary of State Jon Husted. "There's nothing new here. This is my sixth year as Secretary of State. Every primary that I've been involved in has been run by the same rules."

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has filed a similar lawsuit in federal court.

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