[Ed. – Politico headline: Supreme Court lets Ohio limit early voting. Like 28 instead of 35 days of early voting is some kind of meaningful “limit.”]
Acting on a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court issued an order Monday afternoon that allows Ohio officials to cut early voting in the state by a week.
In a one-page order (posted here), the court’s five Republican-appointed justices agreed to lift a district court judge’ss ruling which had blocked the state from carrying out legislation that cut early voting days from 35 to 28.
The four Democratic-appointed justices dissented, but none of the justices explained their positions.
Ohio officials welcomed the order, while those who had challenged the cutback in early voting time expressed disappointment. …
Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus blocked the cut in early voting days, saying it was likely to have a disproportionate impact on African-American voters. Economus, a Clinton appointee, sits in Columbus.