Appeals Court Upholds Voting Changes in Ohio

Today, a federal appeals court ruled that Ohio is not required to reinstate its so-called “Golden Week,” a week-long period in which people can register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time.

This decision is a defeat for the Ohio Democratic Party, which argued that eliminating this period placed a burden particularly on African-Americans.

A Monmouth University poll released yesterday shows Hillary Clinton with a narrow edge over Donald Trump, leading him by four percentage points in Ohio.

“The issue is not whether some voter somewhere would benefit from six additional days of early voting or from the opportunity to register and vote at the same time,” wrote Judge David McKeague in his opinion for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. “Rather, the issue is whether the challenged law results in a cognizable injury under the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act. We conclude that it does not.”

The rules around voting have been a sticking point in recent years, with Republicans seeking to tighten them up and Democrats crying foul. National Review editorialized against a recent decision striking down changes to the rules in North Carolina.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said in a statement that Ohio voters have a variety of options for casting ballots.

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