Victory for Obama: Supreme Court stays out of Ohio early voting fight

The Supreme Court delivered a victory to President Obama's reelection campaign Tuesday, saying it would not stay a lower court's ruling that all voters--not just those in the military--be allowed to vote in the three days before the Nov. 6 election.

The court turned down Ohio's petition without comment. There were no noted dissents to the decision.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that if Ohio is going to allow in-person voting for members of the military during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election, it must open the process to all voters.

“While there is a compelling reason to provide more opportunities for military voters to cast their ballots, there is no corresponding satisfactory reason to prevent nonmilitary voters from casting their ballots as well,” the appeals court said.

About 105,000 voters cast their ballots during the three days in question in 2008.

Robert Barnes has been a Washington Post reporter and editor since 1987. He has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006.

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