Legal News

Supreme Court Votes Not to Block Early Voting Days in Ohio
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

The campaign for President Barack Obama secured a victory three weeks prior to Election Day as the Supreme Court decided to block a decision regarding early voting days in Ohio. A request from the Ohio Republican elections chief and attorney general was sent regarding the three days prior to the election and was refused by the court.

State officials were sued by the Obama campaign and Ohio Democrats regarding changes in the state law that removed three days of voting for most residents but created exceptions for state residents living overseas and military personnel.

  
What
Where


The lawsuit cited a study recently published that said over 105,000 people voted during the three days prior to the election back in 2008. The Democrats who filed the lawsuit claim that everyone should get the chance to vote during those three days. The lawsuit also claims unequal treatment by allowing military personnel and overseas residents to vote but not allowing anyone else to vote during those three days.

The attorneys representing the state said that there are laws permitting military personnel special voting privileges, such as receiving absentee ballots 45 days prior to the election. The state’s attorneys also argued that the local boards need the three days prior to the election to get ready for Election Day.

A federal appeals court ruled on October 5 that voting could be reinstated on the weekend and the Monday prior to Election Day. The court also gave discretion regarding the voting times to the local boards of elections in its ruling. The ruling was appealed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted with the Supreme Court. Husted claims that the ruling could cause the 88 county boards of elections in Ohio to set different voting rules all while making sure all voters are treated equally.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Prior to the Ohio law being changed the local boards of elections were permitted to choose their own hours for early voting and they varied from county to county. Husted had a plan ready in case he lost his appeal. He was seeking recommendations from local boards as to what hours should be posted for early voting.

Husted, upon learning of the decision from the court, ordered that there be uniform hours across the state of Ohio for the early voting days. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3; from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.



The general counsel for Obama for America, Bob Bauer, said in a statement, “We now turn our full attention to educating Ohio voters on when and how they can vote along with presenting the clear choice they face when selecting their next president.”



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-level Tax Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of an AmLaw firm seeks mid-level tax associate attorney with 3-5 years of experie...

Apply Now

Real Estate/Transactional Attorney

USA-PA-Camp Hill

Camp Hill office of our client seeks real estate/transactional attorney with experience. The candida...

Apply Now

Corporate Attorney

USA-WY-Laramie

Laramie office of our client seeks corporate attorney with 2+ years of experience.

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal Assistant / Paralegal

USA-FL-Tavares

Tavares boutique and growing law firm is looking for a full-time legal assistant / paralegal to work...

Apply now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

Andrus Anderson LLP is a plaintiffs’ firm in San Francisco looking for a full-time associate w...

Apply now

Maine Litigation Attorney

USA-ME-Portland

Busy New England business law firm seeks Maine Litigation Attorney based in our Portland, Maine offi...

Apply now

Maine Foreclosure Attorney Operations Manager

USA-ME-Portland

Bendett & McHugh is looking for a strong Foreclosure Attorney Operations Manager for our Maine Forec...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top