Sec. Husted announced he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court last week’s decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower federal court ruling reinstating the 3 busiest days of early voting for all Ohioans. The Sixth Circuit held that the State did not have a good reason for taking away voting opportunities from non-military or overseas voters and that doing so was an unconstitutional violation of the guarantee of Equal Protection of the laws. The Court said the local Boards of Elections may allow all voters to vote during Saturday, November 3, 2012; Sunday, November 4, 2012; and Monday, November 5, 2012. Husted seeks to have that decision overturned.
State Rep. Alicia Reece (D—Cincinnati) released the following statement about Secretary Husted’s decision to appeal:
“Over 93,000 Ohioans voted during the last 3 days of in-person early voting in 2008. I am outraged that after two federal court decisions re-instating the additional voting days the Sec of State would waste additional taxpayer dollars appealing this decision again. If this is not voter suppression, I don’t know what is,” says Rep. Reece.
Representative Reece has also requested Attorney General Holder send federal election monitors to Ohio for the general election in November.