May 24, 2016

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A LAW TRIMMING EARLY VOTING IN OHIO IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND CANNOT BE ENFORCED


A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A LAW TRIMMING EARLY VOTING IN OHIO IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND CANNOT BE ENFORCED.  THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS AMONG THE PLAINTIFFS WHO SUED OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE JON HUSTED OVER A SERIES OF REPUBLICAN-BACKED VOTING CHANGES. SUCH POLICIES INCLUDED THE ELIMINATION OF A WEEK OF EARLY VOTING IN WHICH OHIOANS COULD ALSO REGISTER TO VOTE - A PERIOD KNOWN AS GOLDEN WEEK. DEMOCRATS CLAIMED THE CHANGE DISPROPORTIONATELY BURDENED BLACK VOTERS. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE MICHAEL WATSON SIDED WITH DEMOCRATS ON THAT CLAIM, RULING TODAY THAT REDUCING EARLY VOTING VIOLATES THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND VOTERS' EQUAL PROTECTION RIGHTS

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