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Seven Weeks Later, High Court Upholds Three Early Voting Days

By German Lopez · October 17th, 2012 · City Desk

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 16 declined to take up Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s early voting appeal, meaning Ohio must allow all voters to vote on the weekend and Monday before Election Day — a right previously reserved for military personnel and their families. The decision came slightly more than seven weeks after the initial Aug. 31 decision by a lower court that extended the three voting days to all Ohioans.

In response, Husted set uniform voting hours for the three days before Election Day.

Booths will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

The news came just a week after Husted promised to appeal a ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which said if early voting will take place on the three days before Election Day, boards of elections must make sure all Ohioans can use the opportunity.

On July 17, President Barack Obama and Democrats sued Husted to allow all Ohioans to vote on the three days. But Republicans insisted early voting should not be expanded further due to racial politics and cost concerns. In an Aug. 19 email to The Columbus Dispatch, Franklin County Republican Party chairman Doug Preisse said, “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.”



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