Let too many of the wrong kind of people vote, and you could lose power:
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today halted early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin Tuesday.
By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have given voters the chance to vote early 35 days before the election — meaning Tuesday — instead of 28 guaranteed by the state law.
Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have upheld Economus’ ruling, but they were outvoted by the 5 conservative justices. The high court ruling will remain in effect until the court issues a ruling on an appeal by the state on the merits of the law.
The eleventh-hour ruling means it is all but certain that voting will not begin Tuesday, leaving opponents of the new election law dismayed at the decision.