Federal Court Rules Cuts to Ohio's Early Voting are Unconstitutional
Good news for Ohio voters! A federal court ruled on Tuesday that legislation that trimmed Ohio's early voting period from 35 days to 29 days was unconstitutional. More specifically, Golden Week, the five day period when voters can simultaneously register to vote and vote early in person was ordered to be restored.
The case is the Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted. During the trial an expert witness called by Democrats testified that black voters were far more likely than others to vote early and in person, and that voting during Golden Week in presidential elections was more than five times as prevalent in overwhelmingly black census blocks as in overwhelmingly white ones. Judge Watson ruled that African Americans were disproportionately burdened by the elimination of Golden Week, in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
The state is expected to appeal. Read more coverage below.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Federal judge blocks Ohio law that eliminated 'Golden Week' voting, May 24, 2016
Columbus Dispatch, Judge rules Ohio voter rights violated, May 24,2016
WVXU, Federal Court Rules Ohio Must Re-instate The Golden Week Of Voting, May 24, 2016