The 6th Cir. 3-judge panel is supposed to issue an opinion on this, but I haven't seen anything yet. Tomorrow, or Wednesday maybe. Subodh Chandra (Dem AG candidate, lost to Mark Dann in the primary) represents one of the groups that sued to challenge the ID requirement in the first place. Chandra will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. I really wish Subodh would have won the Ohio AG primary. Give him time, he's got big-time written all over him. Anyway, Chandra represents SEIU Union 1199 and notes that the court's decision is guaranteed to create confusion for voters and poll workers alike.
Fortunately or unfortunately, the order does reqire that county election boards preserve absentee ballots as-is. Another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday (day after Halloween, oh the irony) in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Hey, maybe Jon Stewart can do a Daily Show tie-in to shed a national spotlight on this crud. Feel free to bury Stewart with e-mail.
Just last week, the U.S. District Court issued an order Thursday granting a TRO to block the requirement that voters had to provide an accepted form of ID to get an absentee ballot. That requirement was part of the "no-fault" (this title brought to you by the same numnuts that brought you the "healthy forests" and "clean skies" initiatives) absentee voter guidelines. The lower court had ruled that county election boards were not uniformly enforcing the ID provisions, and that THOUSANDS of voters were submitting the wrong number from their driver's license with their absentee ballot, meaning those ballots would not be counted. That's THOUSANDS of votes that may already be worthless.
My motto in Ohio this year: Embrace the Tornado.