November 06, 2012 Articles

Supreme Court Weighs In on Voting Rights Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court recently cast its own votes in two election-related cases.

By Lindsey Nelson

Weeks before Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court cast its own votes in two election-related cases. In mid-October, the Supreme Court declined to overturn a Sixth Circuit decision regarding early voting opportunities in Ohio. A day prior to the Ohio decision, on October 15, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments regarding Arizona's voter identification law. That decision, however, will not be issued until later in this term.

In a short, one-sentence order, the Court declined to grant Ohio's application for a stay in Husted v. Obama for America. This ruling preserved the Sixth Circuit's decision that required the state to allow all voters to cast early ballots the three days prior to the election at polling places, if such polling places are open. Ohio had planned to close early voting at polling places to the general public at 6 p.m. Friday, November 2, to prepare for Election Day. While the polling places would be closed to the general public, they would remain open for voting by members of the military and their families, with the idea that military members could be called away on duty on short notice before Election Day. 

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