A federal judge said new laws, passed by Ohio’s Republican legislature, that wiped out early in person voting at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day are unconstitutional. It’s good news for Democrats and the Obama campaign who’ve been fighting to restore the weekend of early in person weekend voting. They point out 93,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Presidential election in 2008.
A federal judge in Ohio is giving all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.
Judge Peter Economus on Friday issued a preliminary injunction granting the request from President Barack Obama's campaign that targets a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.
The law exempts military personnel and Ohioans living overseas.
There’s a controversy over extended in person early voting hours in Ohio. Democrats are crying foul because some Republican leaning counties have put in place evening and weekend hours while other counties with more Democratic leanings are offering early in person voting only during normal business hours.
Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama's campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections offered to service members.
Obama's campaign and Democrats argue the battleground state's law unfairly ends in-person voting for most Ohioans three days earlier than it does for military and overseas voters. They say such disparate treatment is unconstitutional, and all voters should be able to vote on those days.