Supreme Court Votes 5-4 For Voter Suppression
The Court voted to stop early voting this week.
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 along ideological lines to put on hold a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus earlier in September that required the Ohio secretary of state to restore early voting hours cut by a new state law this year.
The stay will be in effect until state officials file an appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case, the court said.
If it does, it would not be before this year’s election. The case would likely be argued and decided in the top court’s coming term, which begins October 6 and ends in June 2015.
Ohio established its early voting period in 2005, following a 2004 general election in which some voters in urban areas were forced to wait up to 12 hours to cast a ballot.
In February, the majority Republican state legislature approved a bill that cut the early voting period to 28 days from 35 and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered other cuts in voting hours to make in-person voting uniform across the state.[su_csky_ad]