Early Voting in Ohio Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

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UPDATED: Oct 16, 2012

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VoteThe U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way today for the return of early voting in the state of Ohio. The Court rejected a challenge to an Ohio appeals court decision striking down an Ohio law doing away with early voting for most Ohioans. The appeals court decision now stands and all Ohioans will have the ability to cast their votes on the three days immediately preceding election day.

Early voting in Ohio was allowed up until last year, when the Ohio legislature did away with the practice, with the exception of military personnel. The Obama campaign challenged the law, which proceeded to a federal district court earlier this year. Judge Peter Economus determined that the law improperly denied non-military citizens equal access to voting and struck down the law, ordering Secretary of State Jon Husted to make the necessary preparations for voting the weekend before election day. Earlier this month, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Economus’ ruling. Husted and Ohio’s Attorney General, Mike DeWine, then filed a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Secretary Husted issued a directive paving the way for early voting to occur on:

  • Saturday, November 3rd (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) 
  • Sunday, November 4th (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) 
  • Monday, November 5th (8:00 am – 2:00 pm)

This is one of two election law disputes fought in Ohio, thought to be a crucial swing state in the upcoming election. The other law, seeking to disqualify provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct due to poll worker error, was also struck down.

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