The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from homeless advocates and the Ohio Democratic Party to ensure more absentee and provisional ballots are counted.
The justices dismissed the appeal without comment. They refused to block election rules that could disqualify thousands of absentee and provisional ballots because of minor mistakes or omissions. Last month, Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered county boards of election to count provisional ballots with some minor mistakes if voters' identity and eligibility can otherwise be verified. The appeal said Husted's order did not go far enough and could itself be overturned by a state court.