SCOTUS Won’t Halt Ohio Voting Constraints

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By Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

Nov. 1 — Refusing to jump into the fray just a week before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to halt Ohio’s 2014 changes to provisional and absentee voting ( Ne. Ohio Coal. for Homeless v. Husted , U.S., No. 15A405, stay denied 10/31/16 ).

Thousands of “indisputably eligible voters will be disenfranchised in the upcoming presidential election” challengers to Ohio’s 2014 provisional and absentee voting rules told the high court in their request to halt the changes.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a tight race in the Buckeye State, which has been a bellwether state for decades.

Challengers to the laws asked the high court to put a lower court ruling largely upholding the laws on hold until after the presidential election. The high court refused Oct. 31.

The laws, SB 205 and 216, require additional information for provisional and absentee ballots, rolled back the time voters had to cure defects and limited how election officials could assist voters in preparing their ballots.

A lower court invalidated a portion of the law that required “technical precision” with the new information requirements.

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