15 States Support Ohio’s Attempt To Stop Early Voting
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated early voting, but Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State John Husted wants the Supreme Court to delay that ruling while it decides if it will take the case.
The campaign of President Barack Obama, which sued the state over the early voting, says a new Ohio 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.
Husted has argued that all counties should have the same early voting hours and be open on the same days.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week reinstated early voting on the final three days. But the three-judge panel also said local boards of elections would have the discretion to decide whether to allow voters to cast an early ballot on the weekend and Monday before Election Day — just as they could in 2008.