Federal Court Upholds Restoration of Early Voting and 'Golden Week'
A federal appeals court has upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the voting schedule this fall.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that the district court's order can remain in place. In a Sept. 4 decision, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus temporarily blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered the state's elections chief to set additional times, including evening hours. The order moved the start of early voting to Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7. Voting rights groups and others had claimed the law and another early voting measure would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters. Ohio's attorneys argued the early voting schedule exceeds most states and doesn't burden voters. Secretary of State Jon Husted has said he will once again appeal the ruling.