Oct 16, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Hill: The Supreme Court said Tuesday that early voting can proceed in Ohio — a major win for President Obama.
In a one-sentence order with no explanation, the court rejected Ohio Republicans’ efforts to block early voting three days before Election Day. The court left in place a lower court’s ruling that said early voting had to be available to all Ohioans — not just military personnel.
Democrats initiated the legal battle over Ohio’s early voting policy after state officials decided to eliminate three days of early voting that had been offered in 2008. Minorities, who traditionally favor Democrats, often take advantage of early voting.
Although Democrats are hoping to benefit from early balloting nationwide, the victory in Ohio is especially important. Obama’s chances of reelection diminish greatly if he loses Ohio, and his campaign has poured time and money into the state as its best defense against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
The Obama campaign praised the court’s decision.
“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 said in a statement. “We now turn our full attention to educating Ohio voters on when and how they can vote along with presenting the clear choice they face when selecting their next President.”