If the Ohio Secretary of State gets his way and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with him, the 2012 election could be decided again by the U.S. Supreme Court. Just like in 2000 with Gore winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote due to interference of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jon Husted, Ohio GOP Secretary Of State, Appealing Early Voting Decision To Supreme Court
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's election chief on Tuesday appealed a ruling that reinstates the final three early voting days in the battleground state, calling a decision last week by a federal appeals court "an unprecedented intrusion" into how states run elections.
Secretary of State Jon Husted asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the state Legislature or federal courts should set Ohio election laws.
Husted, a Republican, also asked the court to delay the lower court's decision while the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case.
Husted said Friday's decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would affect how elections are run in all 50 states. The appeals court in Cincinnati affirmed a lower court ruling and returned discretion to set hours on the final three days to local boards of elections.
I don't need to rehash all the horrible details of the Bush v. Gore 2000 Supreme Court decision because I'm sure everyone on this board remembers those events vividly.
I can't believe this story about Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Court. At least the Obama campaign is fighting back but this is a truly sad state of affairs.
Obama campaign asks court to allow early voting in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With three weeks to go until Election Day, Democrats and Republicans are wrangling over early voting in the presidential battleground state of Ohio, with President Barack Obama’s campaign urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the Ohio secretary of state’s appeal of a lower court ruling on the issue.
The campaign said in a court filing Friday that the high court should deny Ohio Secretary of State John Husted’s appeal of a lower court ruling that reinstated early voting on the three days before Election Day and returned discretion to local elections boards.
4:07 PM PT: One of my favorite legal web sites SCUTUSBlog weighs in on the matter:
Final weekend voting urgedPresident Obama’s reelection campaign staff and Ohio Democrats urged the Supreme Court on Friday evening not to allow Republican leaders in that crucial electoral state to shut down early voting on the final weekend before election day on November 6
Answering on Friday, lawyers for the President’s campaign and for national and state Democrats said the state was trying to draw the Supreme Court into a dispute that focuses only on facts, and they noted that the facts were determined the Democrats’ way by two lower courts. Directly challenging what state officials are attempting to do, the Democrats’ document said: “The Ohio system that the courts below enjoined is as arbitrary as it is unique: nowhere else in the country will an eligible voter be turned away from a single, open polling place because the polling place is open for some voters, but not for that particular voter.”