WASHINGTON — Ohio’s secretary of state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a pair of rulings that will open the polls for all voters on the three days prior to the Nov. 6 election, a time when 105,000 Ohioans cast ballots four years ago.
The election-year emergency appeal could prompt the high court to revisit its Bush vs. Gore ruling of 2000, which said voting standards must be equal across the state.
Ohio had said it planned to offer limited early voting to military families on the weekend before the election. This followed a decision by the Republican-led Legislature to cancel general early voting on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday prior to election day.
President Obama’s campaign sued in July and argued the polls should be open to all voters on the final weekend before the election, as they were 2008.
A federal judge and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, saying early voting must be offered on an equal basis.