Supreme Court Clears Early Voting In Ohio

Ohio voters will now be able to cast early in-person ballots on the three days before the general election.(Photo: Flickr)
Ohio voters will now be able to cast early in-person ballots on the three days before the general election.(Photo: Flickr)

The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in Ohio.

The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day.

Secretary of State Jon Husted  directed the state’s 88 county boards of elections to be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

The move came within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Husted’s appeal of a federal appeals court decision that reinstated in-person early voting on the disputed days.

President Barack Obama’s campaign and Democrats had sued Husted over part of Ohio’s law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.

 

 

Comments
  • able

    Didn’t the original federal case result in a ruling that election days and times should be left to the county boards of elections? If so, then why is Husted now issuing directives on what times we’ll be able to vote?

  • Anonymous

    It boggles the mind that in 2012 a law suit has to be brought against the Ohio Secretary of State Husted to secure US citizens voting rights. It subjects the state of Ohio and the United States to the judgment of the world in terms of civil and human rights, and shows the hipocracy of some entities in the US to call out civil and human rights violations in other countries. Shame on those of us who are humiliating us before the judgment of the world.