High court allows early voting in Ohio
October 16th, 2012
12:48 PM ET
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High court allows early voting in Ohio

(CNN) - The United States Supreme Court has given the green light to early voting in Ohio in the three days prior to November's election.

The brief, one sentence order from the court Tuesday is a setback for Republican leaders in the state, who had asked the justices to step in and allow pending restrictions to take effect.

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The law would have allowed only military members and their families to vote in person in the last three days before the Nov. 6 election– from Saturday to Monday.

But a federal appeals court in Cincinnati earlier this month concluded if county election boards were open for the early voting, then the polls had to allow all potential voters. A preliminary injunction is in effect preventing the restrictions from being enforced.

The Obama presidential campaign, along with Democratic supporters in Ohio, had successfully challenged the law.

In late August, a federal District Court found the state law "likely" violated the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution, acknowledging an argument that "low-income and minority voters are disproportionately affected by elimination" of particular early voting days. The court found "there is no definitive evidence... that elections boards would be tremendously burdened" by returning poll access to the standard before recent changes to the state's laws.

The state had argued that "local county boards of elections are too busy preparing for Election Day to accommodate early voters" and that "unique challenges faced by military service members and their families justify maintaining in-person early voting for them but not for other Ohio voters," the court's opinion reads.

Ohio is considered a key battleground in November’s election, with 18 electoral votes at stake. Polls currently show President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat there, and both candidates have campaigned heavily in the state.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. JRG

    The main voting day should be on a weekend and better yet both days to include a Saturday and a Sunday. It is pounded in each voters head the importance of vote, it is your duty, it is your right. So why the heck make it difficult?

    October 16, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Bob

    The voter suppression by the GOP is shameless. In all these states with these new voting requirements (poll taxes), they've never been able to point to a single incident of in-person voter fraud. You can't steal an election with in-person voter fraud. You CAN steal an election with absentee ballots (like Katherine Harris stuffing thousands of ballots from Dem districts in Florida) and from electronic voting machines (like the Ohio Diebold machine that recorded more votes for Bush than voters in the entire district). Yet none of the voter ID laws address those two REAL threats. Why? Because absentee voters lean more for the GOP so of course the GOP wouldn't want to close THAT security breach. Instead they just want to intimidate an harass the poor and elderly to keep them from voting against the corporate-sponsored GOP candidates.

    October 16, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. ghostriter

    Howard, for the woman you swear you met that got $3500 a month from the govt, you probably didn't know a few things:
    1) $1500 for SSI. If she is not really disabled, that is hardly Obama's fault. Did he personally sign her application?
    2) $700 in food stamps, only if she had kids. Plus, that's not cash, though it can be hustled. Again, not Obama's fault.
    3) $800....to live in section 8 housing. I take it you never visited a section 8 housing complex. Or neighborhood. I invite you to take a trip. Heck, spend the night. I doubt you'd last till the morning.

    Bottom line, even if I did believe this story, the facts are that $3500/month isn't even enough to live off of. $42000 a year is barely above the poverty line. If you envy living in the projects with barely enough money to scrap by, then maybe you need to up your education. Cause I make double that and wouldn't even consider a job making less.

    October 16, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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