Supreme Court rejects Ohio appeal on early voting
The U.S. Supreme Court tersely declined to hear Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s emergency appeal challenging restored early voting hours in his state.
“The application for stay presented to Justice [Elena] Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied,” the court’s order read, The Huffington Post reported Tuesday.
Husted had refused to follow an Oct. 5 ruling by a federal appeals court allowing voting to take place on the weekend before the Nov. 6 general election.
The Ohio Democratic Party, joined by the re-election campaign for President Barack Obama, had sued Husted in an effort to undo state Senate Bill 295, which they argued targeted black residents for voter suppression.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Husted’s appeal to the high court argued that the state already gave residents leeway on when they could vote, since any registered voter was allowed to vote by mail, and polling sites were open every weekday between Oct. 2 and Nov. 2.
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