Supreme Court Approves Early Voting in Ohio During Weekend Before Elections

The high court decided against Ohio Republican-backed law to restrict early voting during the first weekend of November

Ohio voters who want to cast their ballots the weekend before Election Day will face no restrictions.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday decided against issuing an order that would have ended the early voting period before the first weekend in November, NBC News reported.

President Barack Obama's campaign pushed for voters to be able to hit the polls and won an appeal in the the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block a law that would have limited the period.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted refused to enforce the appellate court decision, but the U.S. Supreme Court came down with a one-line decision against the Republican-backed effort to limit early voting.

"The application for stay presented to Justice [Elena] Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied," the order reads.

The Sunday before elections proved to be key in Obama's Ohio victory four years ago, particularly for African Americans, according to the Huffington Post.

"We had buses at every church that Sunday," Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church of Cleveland Rev. Theophilus Caviness told HuffPost. "As soon as we left church, we got on the bus and went down to vote."

The Obama campaign expressed pleasure with Tuesday's decision to several media outlets.

"This action from the highest court in the land marks the end of the road in our fight to ensure open voting this year for all Ohioans, including military, veterans, and overseas voters,” campaign general counsel Bob Bauer told the New York Daily News.

James Thomas November 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I think Lyn and I would agree that the Anti-Alinsky poster is spamming us. Just cool it and vote.
Brenda J. Thacker November 04, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Some people actually work. Some have to work two and sometimes more jobs to get by. Not everyone can get to the voting booths just any ol' time. One of my jobs told us that we had a choice, take off to vote or keep your job. There are a lot of places like that and more and more are pulling that kind of crap. Some of them are even saying if you don't vote their way you will lose your job. Thank god some people actually believe in allowing everyone access to voting, instead of just people who have 9-5 jobs and lots of spare time. So tired of all the arguments from people who can't see any way but their own.
Chris November 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Brenda J. Thacker, you are where you are today due to decisions you made yesterday. Quit your complaining. Did you get to vote or not?
Brenda J. Thacker November 04, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Of course I voted. Thanks to Bush I am unemployed so I had lots of time.
Chris November 04, 2012 at 03:18 PM
When did Bush promise to give you a life long job? You didn't plan, you didn't build marketable skills, you didn't give 100% and you blame other people. And we wonder why this nation is in the crapper. It will be okay. Obama promised jobs. If not, you can keep getting checks and a free cell phone until it runs out.


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