Supreme Court denies halt to early voting in Ohio

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Politics

Supreme Court denies halt to early voting in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court declined to halt early voting in Ohio on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16. 

Ohio, a critical swing state, began early in-person voting earlier this month, but had planned to cut it off on Nov. 2, four days before the election, except for members of the military.

The Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio officials to restore early voting right up to Election Day eve. Republicans opposed their efforts, saying a cutoff was needed to reduce voter fraud.

In states that allow voters to cast ballots before Election Day, early voting and extended voting hours are thought to benefit Democratic candidates because lower-income people, who tend to vote for them, are more likely to work odd hours.

Earlier this month, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a U.S. District Court order that reinstated early voting in the final days before the election. The state had appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court.

In a one-sentence order on Tuesday, the high court denied the state's petition for a stay of the Appeals Court decision.

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