Federal appeals court sides with Obama campaign on Ohio early voting. If provided, all must be able to vote.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/1…
— Robert Barnes (@scotusreporter) October 5, 2012
A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated early voting in Ohio on the final three days before Election Day. The court sided with President Obama's campaign and other Democrats who challenged a law that made the last Friday before Election Day the final day for early voting.
The court is not requiring polling places stay open for those three days; the decision returns discretion to local boards of elections.
The decision upholds an earlier federal judge's ruling, which the state appealed.
“The state has proposed no interest which would justify reducing the opportunity to vote by a considerable segment of the voting population,” the judges wrote.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted, both Republicans, defended the legislation. “My office is reviewing today’s decision by the court as we determine the best course of action moving forward," Husted said in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch. "No action will be taken today, or this weekend.”