US Federal Judge Issues Ruling on Voter ID


A federal judge has suspended Ohio’s new voter identification law as it applies to absentee voting.

The judge says Ohio’s 88 counties aren’t being consistent in applying the new rule for voters casting absentee ballots before Election Day. US District Court Judge Algenon Marbley has granted the temporary restraining order on behalf of labor and poverty groups who filed a lawsuit. The ruling is in effect until Wednesday. Then the judge will hear arguments that the identification law also should be scrapped for those voting at the polls on November Seventh. The new state law requires voters to present identification when they cast ballots.

In an interview with Marilyn Smith on WOSU-AM, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles analyzes the judge’s ruling.