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Supreme Court rules against Ohio early voting restriction

Last modified: 16 Oct 2012 22:42

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Ohio cannot limit early voting in the final days before the US presidential election.

Tuesday's ruling comes after the state's Republican-led legislature changed the rules in 2011 so only members of the military could cast in-person ballots after 6pm on the Friday before the election in an effort to help poll workers prepare for election day itself.

Ohio first implemented early voting after the 2004 presidential election.

The Obama campaign challenged the rules in court, arguing that allowing members of the military but not the general public to vote on the weekend
before election day violated constitutional guarantees to equal treatment.

A federal appeals court found in the campaign's favour.

The Supreme Court denied  an appeal by John Husted, Ohio secretary of state, saying:

The application for stay presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied.