COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a request by Ohio Democrats to restore a week of early voting in the state (all times local):
Ohio’s elections chief says a Supreme Court ruling makes clear that the state’s voting rules are fair and constitutional.
The high court on Tuesday denied a request from Ohio Democrats to restore a week of early voting while the issue is being appealed.
At issue is a law that eliminated days in which people could both register and cast a ballot at the same time, a period known as golden week.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) said in a Tuesday statement that it’s time for “these wasteful lawsuits to end.”
The chairman of Ohio’s Democratic Party expressed his disappointment with the court’s rejection on Twitter. David Pepper says the outcome “completes years of tireless effort” by state lawmakers and others to rollback early voting.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to delay a rollback to early voting in swing-state Ohio.
The court on Tuesday denied a request from Democrats to restore a week of early voting while the issue is being appealed.
A lower court decision last month upheld a law eliminating days in which people could both register and cast a ballot at the same time, a period known as golden week.
The state’s attorneys have argued that the reduction helped alleviate administrative burdens for local elections officials. But Democrats claim the change disproportionately burdens black voters and those who lean Democratic.
The high court’s action means voters can start casting ballots in the fall election on Oct. 12.