Supreme Court Refuses to Block Early Voting in Ohio

High court rejects GOP petition to intervene

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 16, 2012 12:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio. The court today refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day. The Obama campaign and Ohio Democrats sued the state over changes in Ohio law that took away the three days of early voting for most people, but made exceptions for military personnel and Ohioans living overseas.

Democrats say nearly 100,000 people voted in the three days before the election in 2008. A federal appeals court ruling reinstated voting on the weekend before the election and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court.

Voters stand in line outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections just before it opened for early voting, in Cincinnati, Oct. 2, 2012.
Voters stand in line outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections just before it opened for early voting, in Cincinnati, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
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