Supreme Court rejects Ohio appeal on early voting

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 13:49 EDT
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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.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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